With Steve Patterson's hiring at Texas as the university's athletic director, a question that's been stowed away started being asked again. Would Texas consider playing Texas A&M?
We may need to flip that question around now.
“We hope to play them again in a BCS or playoff game at some point,” Texas A&M associate athletic director Jason Cook told the San Antonio News-Express Wednesday.
When the Aggies left for the Southeastern Conference, Texas and current AD DeLoss Dodds had no desire to play those defecting Aggies. How could they leave the same conference as Texas like that?
A&M has maintained that they would be open to the idea of playing Texas. But let's put the emphasis on past tense, based on Cook's quote above, even if Patterson and the new Longhorn regime would be open to revisiting the rivalry. The two used to play on Thanksgiving weekend. This year, Texas has Texas Tech on Thanksgiving night while A&M plays at Missouri on that Saturday.
Sure, this could be a fun troll job by the A&M athletic department; after all, since the conference shift, Texas A&M has been the best football program in Texas. And in many people's eyes, that's probably a mighty fine trade for not playing Texas every year. But Texas needs to play Texas A&M. Kansas needs to play Missouri. Notre Dame needs to play Michigan. And so on and so forth. We'll keep dreaming.
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