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Kevin Sumlin tries giving Texas A&M upper hand on stalemate with Texas

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Texas and Texas A&M will one day play a football game again, most likely. Probably. Maybe. Hopefully. At the SEC meetings this week in Destin, Florida, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said he believes the rivalry will be reignited eventually.

Eventually, I think a woman will be President of the United States. Eventually, I think Dodgers fans will be able to watch baseball on TV in Los Angeles. Eventually, I think LeBron James will be inducted to the basketball hall of fame.

Eventually, a lot of things could happen. Sumlin is not exactly going out on a limb with this one, but it would be nice to see this stalemate come to a close sooner, rather than later.

The two programs have not played since Texas A&M left the Big 12 to join the SEC, and neither side has shown much interest in getting the gang back together as non-conference opponents. But perhaps that is going to be changing soon.

Texas Athletics Director Steve Patterson said in April a series with Texas A&M is not something Texas will be focusing on anytime soon, but new head coach Charlie Strong has been singing a slightly different tune. Strong has said he would like to play Texas A&M again, and feels doing so on a neutral field would be the best possible solution to make it happen.

Texas A&M, as well as the entire SEC, will be required to schedule one game per season against a non-conference opponent from another power conference. It would seem this opens the door for Texas A&M to make some calls to Austin about renewing the rivalry in an annual capacity, but that assumes Texas would be the first call for Texas A&M, who would have almost any school from the Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12 to potentially work with, and a handful of ACC schools not already locked into annual rivalry games against SEC opponents. there could be some benefits to scheduling more nationally if texas A&M can find the right partners. The Big 12 does not have the same non-scheduling requirement for its members, so the incentive for Texas to help Texas A&M out is not there either.

Will the two old rivals play again? Yes, it is bound to happen at some point. The problem is neither school needs the other to survive or fulfill any requirements right now. Sure, it would be great for fans and would add a great game to schedule with regional bragging rights on the line, but until Texas or Texas A&M either need to play each other or fall in the same postseason pairing, we could be waiting for a while.

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6 Responses to “Kevin Sumlin tries giving Texas A&M upper hand on stalemate with Texas”
  1. herrcules13 says: May 27, 2014 8:35 PM

    tu won’t do it now, because they don’t like their chance at winning…

  2. mcjon22 says: May 27, 2014 9:24 PM

    Eventually, people outside of Texas will care about a college team from Texas again

  3. goodfieldnohit says: May 27, 2014 10:00 PM

    Baylor might be better that both of them next year.

    But they might also have a murder or a cat skinning.

  4. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 27, 2014 10:23 PM

    Baylor is with out a doubt better then Texas, not even close. However they don’t have a snowballs chance in hell against Texas A&M. T A&M is way too fast on defense and Sumlin always puts up great offensive numbers.

  5. thefiesty1 says: May 27, 2014 11:24 PM

    They are playing each other this Friday. Oh, never mind, it’s only baseball.

  6. rabbi187 says: May 27, 2014 11:50 PM

    Pretty sure the website has written this exact article 15 times. @ iwishwvuwouldbeatbama- The Aggies may have a fast defense, but it damn sure didn’t help last season bc they were awful.

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