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A&M-Arkansas staying at Cowboys Stadium for next decade

Southwest Classic

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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9 Responses to “A&M-Arkansas staying at Cowboys Stadium for next decade”
  1. gorilladunk says: Aug 29, 2012 11:40 AM

    Not necessarily a fan of either team, but a brillant move, from a recruiting and exposure point of view.

  2. bigdinla says: Aug 29, 2012 11:50 AM

    Jerry is going to pay off the stadium early at this rate.

  3. tigersgeaux says: Aug 29, 2012 12:02 PM

    gorilladunk: You got it!

    bigdinla: He just might! Maybe, just maybe the taxpayers of the county there may actually receive their bonds paid as well.

    Water, water, everywhere down here. We are now in the eye of the hurricane but water is steadily rising. Have power for now, but may be off in minutes.

  4. roundup5 says: Aug 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    If I am not terribly mistaken, Uncle Jerry is an Arkansas
    grad and played for the Razorbacks. Was there any doubt
    he wsn’t going to make room for his former Team?

  5. roundup5 says: Aug 29, 2012 3:00 PM

    Tigersgeaux: We are thinking and praying that there is just
    rain, and no lives involved.

  6. corvusrex96 says: Aug 29, 2012 6:37 PM

    Since it appears that the Big XII Texas teams UT, Tech, Baylor, TCU) have an informal agreement to not schedule any games with A&M (which is not a bad idea for them for recruiting purposes) it would be in A&M’s best interest to get another off campus game in Texas

  7. coolhorn46 says: Aug 29, 2012 10:09 PM

    It’s a great marketing and recruiting tool for arkey. It’s not too bad for agricultural either…if they can ever figure out how to, you know, actually beat arkey.

    Add my thoughts and best wishes for the folks caught up in the hurricane east of us. I hope all that happens is some heavy water, and that everyone comes out safe.

  8. irishdodger says: Aug 29, 2012 10:19 PM

    @ roundup4: yes, Jones was an Arkansas native & alum. He was a member of the ’64 National Championship team. I think Bama was actually awarded the NC in ’64 b/c the major polls chose their champ before the bowl games. Bama lost their bowl…Ark did not.

  9. tigersgeaux says: Sep 1, 2012 11:56 PM

    Water is everywhere and in many places it continues to rise. Other CFT posters such as southernpatriots is cooking for those without power and many without homes at this time. Several found dead in their homes. If it rains anymore we have even more of a major problem. Many without shingles and some without roofs.

    LSU did well, and that gave us a little distraction. Back to dealing with our present and serious problems. Many still without power, cells not working well, though texting seems to work. I have power for now, though I expect it to go any moment.

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