The No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies will travel to Fayetteville on Saturday to square off with the University of Arkansas in an SEC clash, but the A&M band will be staying home in College Station because they won’t be able to perform at halftime.
Arkansas athletic officials are blaming their home schedule for the issue.
“With a limited number of home games on campus, we have limited opportunities to recognize those from the University and former student-athletes, groups etc., so must maximize the opportunities we do have,” said Kevin Trainor, University of Arkansas Athletic Director for Public Relations.
The Razorback marching band will perform during halftime, Arkansas athletic officials said. Arkansas will also recognize their SEC Football Legend of the year, former defensive tackle Wayne Martin, during halftime.
Since the trip was cancelled, A&M had to cancel more than 100 hotel rooms.
“Apparently in the SEC, you have to ask that university permission to perform at halftime. So we sent a letter asking. They sent one back that said you can come to the game, but you can’t perform at halftime,” said Karly Hartman, a senior in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, told KBTX.
On top of that, Arkansas aren’t allowing the A&M mascot, Reveille, at the game either due to their policy of not allowing live mascots on their home turf.