The Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies had an in-state, inter-conference rivalry every year.
Historically, Texas had dominated the rivalry, holding a 76-37-5 edge in the series all-time. A&M played the role of little brother to Texas for a number of years, and that ultimately led to their decision to leave the Big XII for the SEC.
If you ask former A&M athletic director and current chancellor at Missouri R. Bowen Loftin, that was all the reason in the world former Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds needed to hold a grudge.
In an interview with SportsDay, Loftin was candid on the subject.
It was clear to me that as long as DeLoss Dodds was the AD at Texas, he really wanted to punish Texas A&M for leaving the Big 12. He said that. He said some very bad things about us. He’s gone. He’s long gone.
Texas A&M was starting to emerge as a powerhouse, but felt like it was destined to play second-fiddle to the Longhorns regardless of how much talent they had. So they flipped to the SEC. The move has proved to be very lucrative for A&M, who features a schedule with quality opponents from start to finish, and regularly hauls in top recruiting classes.
For the time being, there is nothing in the works to get Texas vs. Texas A&M going again. A single, neutral location game appears even more unlikely due to the fact that it wouldn’t provide enough financial incentive for the two schools.
Thank conference shuffling, but for all intents and purposes, it appears that the Aggies and Longhorns won’t be on a field together anytime soon.
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