For the past three seasons, Arkansas and Texas A&M have squared off at Cowboys Stadium as non-conference opponents.
Now that both are members of the same conference, the two sides have decided, in a couple of years, to keep the same venue well off into the future as well.
In a pair of releases, A&M and Arkansas announced an agreement that will keep their annual SEC West matchup — dubbed the Southwest Classic — in Arlington from 2014 through the 2024 season. The Aggies will host the Razorbacks in 2012, then travel to Fayetteville for the 2013 game.
After that, it’s Cowboys Stadium through — at least — the middle of next decade.
“We are excited to have reached a new agreement to return our series with Texas A&M to Cowboys Stadium,” UA athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “The addition of Texas A&M into the SEC will only increase the excitement surrounding the Southwest Classic played in the world’s most spectacular stadium.
“In the past three years, the University of Arkansas has seen the benefit of an annual appearance in the Metroplex with increased enrollment from the area and in student-athlete recruiting in all sports. We appreciate the efforts of the Jones Family and the Dallas Cowboys for working with both institutions to maintain what has quickly become one of college football’s premiere games.”
The original 10-year contract was slated to run through the 2018 season. It was announced back in February that, with A&M moving into the SEC in 2012, the series would be moved back to the respective campuses for the next two years.
The Razorbacks, incidentally, have won all three of the previous games played at Cowboys Stadium.
“We appreciate Jerry Jones and everyone in the Cowboys’ organization working with us over the past year concerning the future of the Arkansas series at Cowboys Stadium. This was a significant, unresolved issue as part of our transition to the SEC, and it was imperative for Texas A&M to play Arkansas at Kyle Field this season – our first as a member of the conference,” said A&M President R. Bowen Loftin in his statement. “Having a game annually in the MetroPlex is very advantageous for Texas A&M from a visibility and recruiting standpoint, and we have an annual opportunity for our student-athletes to experience one of the country’s finest football stadiums.”
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