That could change soon.
Appearing on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Wednesday, former Texas A&M and Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill said it will be the Aggies, not the Razorbacks, playing LSU during future Thanksgiving weekends.
You can listen to the full audio interview with Sherrill HERE, but here’s the money quote:
“It’s already been discussed. It’s been talked about. Commissioner Slive, they all have talked about it, and LSU and A&M
is are going to play on prime time on Thanksgiving night, because that game will draw more people than the Arkansas-LSU, or Arkansas-A&M.”
Sherrill (pictured, right) coached A&M from 1982-88 and MSU from 1991-2003, so he has deep ties to the SEC West and would presumably know what’s going on with the rumors regarding the game. However, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said no such discussions of moving the rivalry game with LSU had taken place as of Sunday.
Long: “… I will say that the SEC office was not aware of any discussions of those type. Arkansas certainly wasn’t aware.” (more)
— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) June 6, 2012
Mattingly later tweeted that the A&M-LSU match was far from a “done deal.”
The SEC has yet to finalize a schedule past 2012 and the 6-1-1 conference model was adopted at least in part to preserve rivalries such as Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia.