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About that Texas-Texas A&M football rivalry rekindling…

Texas coach Charlie Strong got fans’ hopes up about playing Texas A&M, but it doesn’t appear the rivalry will be renewed any time soon.
Texas coach Charlie Strong got fans’ hopes up about playing Texas A&M, but it doesn’t appear the rivalry will be renewed any time soon. AP

Remember just a week ago when Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong perked up the ears of Longhorns and Aggies by saying, “They’re trying to work out something right now where we go play the Aggies”?

You probably knew it was too good to be true. Soon after, voices came out suggesting there were no talks of substance going on. Now esteemed Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls weighs in with this:

“Sadly, in spite of Charlie Strong’s otherwise encouraging words last week, I’m not expecting a Texas-Texas A&M football game any time soon. Texas AD Mike Perrin declined comment. So did A&M’s Scott Woodward.”

Bohls noted that Woodward told TexAgs: “I’m against doing it at the end of the season (because of the LSU date). I’d like to do it at the beginning of the season. I think that makes more sense from my standpoint. We obviously have obligations with Power Five non-conference games going out a few years. It has to work for (Texas) as well. At the proper time, we’ll have discussions about it.”

Bohls thinks he has the proper time for the game: Labor Day weekend.

Bohls notes that A&M has one opening on its 2018 schedule and two in 2019. But with a home-and-home series on the books against Clemson for September in ’18 and ’19, the Aggies might not want Texas on the early schedule, too.

Although, as Bohls astutely pointed out, A&M regent did say last year that the Aggies need “some cupcake games” when discussing the Longhorns.

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