The Texas-Texas A&M football rivalry, which dates back to 1894, used to be one of the sport’s most anticipated matchups. But since A&M announced plans in 2011 to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, the two teams haven’t faced off against each other.
New Texas A&M athletics director Scott Woodward just accepted the position in January, but Aggies supporters already are peppering him with the big question: Will this battle be renewed any time soon?
Based on what Woodward told the Daily Trib’s Jennifer Fierro, fans shouldn’t hold their breath.
“We have to really assess what is our best path to winning the (Southeastern Conference) West,” Woodward said. “I don’t foresee anything happening in the near future. There are a lot of opinions well above my pay grade. Rivalries, I think, are healthy for the game.”
Although Woodard doesn’t expect A&M and Texas to clash in the next few years, he doesn’t seem opposed to making it happen down the line.
“It’ll be something we’ll consider,” he said. “It’ll be a discussion I’ll have to have. I have no objection to it. It’s something that has to work for us and for folks.”
Texas emerged triumphant during the last meeting in 2011 between these programs, downing A&M 27-25 in College Station. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 76-37-5.