Texas football is down, and now one of its most bitter (former) rivals is kicking the program square in the tentacles.
While the higher-ups at Texas and Texas A&M have thus far refused to budge, many in and around both schools have called for the resumption of the Aggies-Longhorns gridiron rivalry that went dormant because of A&M’s move to the SEC in 2012. In April, though, both current coaches, UT’s Charlie Strong and TAMU’s Kevin Sumlin, were very adamant that the series should be resumed.
With UT athletic director Steve Patterson getting the boot, there’s been a modicum of renewed hope that the door might be ajar for a resumption.
One A&M regent is most certainly interested in kicking the door wide open, although not for a reason that will likely be appreciated by anyone in Longhorn Nation.
“I am going to advocate that the Aggies play Texas again in the near future,” a posting to the Facebook page, by way of the Dallas Morning News, of A&M regent Tony Buzbee began. “Because of our brutal SEC West schedule, where we play the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, etc., the Aggies need some cupcake games to rest and heal. In my view, Texas is just as weak if not weaker than the non-conference games we play, so we may as well play them.”
I believe those are what you would call “fightin’ words.” But, hell, if that kind of short-sighted hubris helps in any way to lead to the resumption of one of the best rivalries in all of college football, have at it.
The ‘Horns, incidentally, lead the all-time series 76-37-5, although the teams split the last six meetings. UT won the most recently-played game 27-25 in College Station on Nov. 24, 2011.