A casualty of recent realignment, with Texas A&M moving from the Big 12 to the SEC, is the previous rivalry between the Longhorns and the Aggies.
It’s a game everyone, not just those within state borders, wants to see. The rivalry began in 1894 and has included 118 meetings, 64 of which have come on Thanksgiving. Recently, there’s been little interest expressed by either administration in renewing the rivalry.
Count Texas head coach Charlie Strong on a different side of the rivalry going forward. On Wednesday, Strong told ESPN he wants the Texas-A&M game to get back on the schedule.
“You would like to see it happen,” Strong said. “At some point it needs to happen. We need to play them.”
Strong hasn’t discussed this desire with Texas athletic director Steve Patterson, which would help, considering Patterson isn’t eager to restart the rivalry. In April, Patterson said there needs to be a “compelling” – i.e. good ol’ business – reason for the Longhorns to put the game back on their schedule.
"I think the reality for us is A&M made a choice they felt was best for them to move to the SEC,” Patterson said. “That’s great for them. They’ve leveraged that well. For us there has to be a real business or branding case made to play anybody that we play with our football games given the way our schedule is structured playing Oklahoma every year in Dallas. Unless there really is a compelling business or branding reason, I see a hard time renewing that rivalry in football.”
Texas A&M has expressed publicly that it hopes to play Texas in a postseason game, but adding the regular-season game isn’t among its priorities. Life in the SEC has been fine for them without the ‘Horns.
Hopefully Strong’s words on Wednesday are the first step in reinitiating the rivalry. As he said, for college football as a whole, it’s a game that needs to happen.
2. Big 12 Media Days have passed, but some actual developments did occur. Here’s a good rundown from FOX Sports Southwest’s David Ubben that catches you up on the latest within the conference.
3. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was doing a round of media interviews and decided to grant us with some good, clean Internet fun. A day after Alabama coach Nick Saban said getting his players ready for last year’s Sugar Bowl against OU was like convincing them to play in a “consolation game,” Stoops laughed and called that an “excuse.” Stoops also criticized Texas A&M’s scheduling – you know, just for the fun of it.
2. It was completely overshadowed by the bigger leagues, but Conference USA held its media day on Wednesday in Dallas. If you’re a UTEP fan, enjoy these quotes from your head coach (hey, coverage of C-USA media day is sparse; what do you want from us?).
* So, apparently it’s true that Kansas State coach Bill Snyder eats only one meal per day, and it’s usually Taco Bell. He also apparently works 18 hours per day, returning home from the office at midnight. How has he reached 74 years old again?
* Ty Duffy over at The Big Lead began his Power 5 conference previews with the SEC. “Nick Marshall and Gus Malzahn teaming up for year two should lead to sex, fireworks and loud noises.” What – you need another reason to read?
* This isn’t directly related to college football, but we all have various interests, and so occasionally we’ll provide interesting content that branches out a bit. Jason Lynch writes for Quartz about the five ways American TV has changed forever. No. 1: Nothing guarantees ratings like football.