College Confidential

Are Longhorns, Aggies working on deal to renew football rivalry?

Will Texas and Texas A&M play anytime soon? “They’re trying to work out something right now where we go play the Aggies,” Texas coach Charlie Strong told the Touchdown Club of Houston.
Will Texas and Texas A&M play anytime soon? “They’re trying to work out something right now where we go play the Aggies,” Texas coach Charlie Strong told the Touchdown Club of Houston. AP

Texas coach Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin have said in the past they’d like to see the rivalry between their two football teams rekindled. But mostly, it seemed both were simply being politically correct, saying what their fans want to hear, while the real decision-makers had no inkling of doing the right thing.

That tone changed considerably Thursday night when Strong, making an appearance at the Touchdown Club of Houston was asked by a Texas supporter: When are the Longhorns going to start “kicking Aggies’ ass again?” according to Ryan Autullo of the Austin American-Statesman.

Strong’s answer surprised everybody in the room: “They’re trying to work out something right now where we go play the Aggies.”

Whoa! Really?

Well, maybe. According to Autullo, a Texas spokesman said no specific discussions between the two schools have taken place. But Strong making such a definitive statement would seem to suggest that things are finally moving in a proper direction, which is a welcome change compared to recent rhetoric that’s had the suits at both bastions of higher learning snickering at one another.

Like most everybody else in this state, we’ve been pining for this thing to get started again. We’ve seen these natural rivals go at it in other sports since the split, and it’s high time to put the century-old rivalry back on the football field.

Texas won the last meeting in 2011 and leads the series 76-37-5.

When will we see the next meeting? Who knows? But at least there’s an indication now that the people who can make it happen, might actually want to.

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