One of the most storied rivalries in college football, Texas-Texas A&M, was lost when the latter moved from the Big 12 to the SEC in 2012. While there have been calls from most corners for a resumption of the rivalry, Texas’ athletic director indicated a year ago this month that a game against their in-state rivals is the furthest thing from his mind.
“Until there’s a case made that it makes sense to play a game against another school in the state of Texas, I don’t see us focusing on it,” UT’s Steve Patterson was quoted as saying at the time.
In interviews with ESPN.com‘s Chris Low, the current head football coaches of the two programs did just that, stating their respective cases for a resumption of the in-state hostilities.
“That game is so much a part of this state,” said Longhorn coach Charlie Strong. “Over 100 years, we’ve played that game. Why stop it now because we’re in different conferences? At some point, when it’s right for everybody with the different schedules, I would love to play Texas A&M again.”
“It’s not about, ‘Is it important to me?'” Strong’s Aggie counterpart, Kevin Sumlin said. “It becomes, ‘What’s important to fans and former students and alums of Texas A&M and the University of Texas.’ That’s what matters.”
(For the entire set of interviews, click HERE.)
Hopefully for both the schools and their fans, the championing of Strong and Sumlin will have an impact on those with the power to make these kinds of decisions. A resumption would be great for fans of not only the two teams but of college football in general.
Don’t, though, hold your breath waiting for it to happen as it appears Patterson has become even further entrenched in his position on the issue.