Amongst all the talk about reigniting the rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies people seem to have forgotten that the Longhorns weren’t the only team in the Big 12 that had beef with A&M, and those other teams want in on the action as well.
Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, said in a media conference that he wants to play Texas A&M in every sport.
Tech has been looking to set up a home-and-home series with a big name team for a while in order to keep up with teams like Texas and the TCU Horned Frogs who are both playing some interesting non-conference opponents in 2013 and beyond. Most recently the Red Raiders reached out to the Cincinnati Bearcats about setting up such a series, but after former Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville ditched Lubbock and headed to Cincinnati, talks fell apart.
Texas A&M AD Eric Hyman said that the Aggies “would entertain anything” when it came to non-conference deals. Perhaps a home-and-home series with Tech would help grease the wheels for reviving the rivalry with Texas as well.
When A&M fled to the SEC I heard a lot of Aggies complaining about how they shouldn’t be disliked for ditching the rivalry because Texas cared more about the Oklahoma Sooners than they did about A&M. Personally, as a Texas alum and Longhorns fan, I have a lot more hate for Oklahoma than I do for A&M, but that doesn’t mean the rivalry isn’t important. It is one of the oldest rivalries in college sports and college football is better when the Longhorns and Aggies play each other on Thanksgiving Day.
I hope Tech and A&M get this deal worked out and that it eventually leads to Texas and A&M agreeing to get back to not liking each other on a regular basis.
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