When Texas A&M left the Big 12 five years ago, it seemed as though the Aggies’ rivalry with the Longhorns wasn’t salvageable. That is, until recently.
About a week ago, Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported that new Texas coach Tom Herman said, “I don’t know why we can’t play A&M as our marquee non-conference opponent.”
On Wednesday, it was revealed that Aggies chancellor John Sharp is echoing that sentiment. According to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, Sharp had this to say to Texas Monthly.
“I’d like to put the UT-A&M game back together,” Sharp said. “I know the governor (Greg Abbott) wants to put it back together. UT wants to put it back together. … Man, can you imagine how much money we could make off that game?”
Texas A&M and Texas met on the football field every season from 1915 to 2011 until the Aggies left for the SEC. The Longhorns won that matchup, 27-25, on a game-winning 40-yard field goal from Justin Tucker as time expired in College Station.
Herman is entering his first season as head coach at Texas, which failed to make a bowl game in each of the last two seasons with identical 5-7 records under Charlie Strong, now the coach at South Florida.
The SEC and Big 12 are currently both required to play at least one non-conference game against a school from one of the other Power 5 conferences each season, so this could simplify scheduling for both programs moving forward.