Texas and Texas A&M athletic directors express optimism at eventual football rivalry renewal

Dr. Saturday

We haven’t updated you on the status of the currently non-existent football rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M. So let’s get into what the school’s athletic directors are saying about it now.

Both Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte and Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said they were open to starting the rivalry back up to the Dallas Morning News this week. But before you start to get your hopes up at the prospect of an immediate resumption, take a deep breath.

“I’m pretty much a simpleton, and I’ve got to look at it that way,” Woodward told the DMN. “And I’ve got more concerns about competing against LSU and Auburn and Alabama and Ole Miss and Mississippi State and Arkansas. And while the rivalry is great and it’s important, there has to be some timing and scheduling issues that have to be met.

“And, you know, at the right time and at the right place, I think it will come to fruition.”

While Woodward said right time and right place, Del Conte used “some point and time.”

“At some point and time we will pick up our rivalry,” Del Conte told the DMN. “It’s important to our state and important to our fan base. I’m assuming when it’s appropriate and ready, we’ll play. It’s an opportunity for us to do that. We’d like to do that, it’s just matching up schedules.”

The best case scenario for a resumption of the rivalry — assuming a bowl doesn’t go rogue and schedule the two teams to play each other in the postseason — would be in the mid-2020s at the earliest. Maybe even later. Texas has a non-conference Power-Five opponent scheduled each year through 2027. It seems highly unlikely the Longhorns would want to play Texas A&M, another Power Five school and nine conference games in the same season.

Texas is already scheduled to play SEC teams in five of those seasons as well. The chances of Texas scheduling Texas A&M the same season it plays Alabama (in 2022 and 2023) are lower than your chances of being drafted in the 2018 NBA draft.

But hey, optimism is better than negativity when it comes to one of college football’s best rivalries. Yeah, you could be watching the games via a video chip implanted in your brain by the time it’s finally played, but it could finally be played. That once seemed unfathomable after A&M left for the SEC.

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was the Aggies’ QB the last time A&M played Texas. (Getty)
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was the Aggies’ QB the last time A&M played Texas. (Getty)

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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