With it approaching six years since their last meeting on the gridiron, Texas A&M’s former president took some time to reflect on Texas’ response to the Aggies leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.
In an interview with SportsDay reporter Ben Baby, R. Bowen Loftin (now the chancellor at Missouri), had a strong take about how Texas intended to treat Texas A&M for switching conferences.
“It was clear to me that as long as DeLoss Dodds was the AD at Texas, he really wanted to punish Texas A&M for leaving the Big 12. He said that. He said some very bad things about us. He’s gone. He’s long gone.”
Loftin believed the Aggies’ switch to the SEC was the right move because “in Texas, you had two flagships in the same state, one of which seemed to always be No. 2. I think that freedom from being automatically thought of as No. 2 for A&M has been very meaningful.”
Texas and Texas A&M currently have no plans to resume playing each other. Loftin says if it does resume, a home-and-home series is more likely than a neutral site but added “I don’t know if that it’s a huge benefit to A&M and Texas financially.”
The in-state rivals are 3-3 in their last six matchups, with the last contest being a 27-25 Texas victory on Nov. 24, 2011. Texas leads the all-time series 76-37-5.