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A&M vs. UT rivalry should continue - The Eagle: Editorials

A&M vs. UT rivalry should continue

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:27 pm, Thu Jan 31, 2013.

For Aggies, the loss to archrival Texas on Thursday no doubt still hurts. To come so close and then to lose in the final seconds is painful. What makes it worse is that the two teams won't play again, at least for the foreseeable future.

Texas A&M is moving to the SEC next year, while the University of Texas will remain in the Big 12. No more conference games for them, and that's a shame because the annual Thanksgiving match up is one of the oldest and most storied in college football.

In the days leading up to the big game, fans, coaches and commentators made much about the final meeting -- at least for now, as everyone pointed out.

We hope they are wrong. We'd hate to think it truly was the final game between the Aggies and the Longhorns. Fans in maroon and fans in burnt orange have looked forward to the annual event for decades.

Stories and legends about the game have been passed down from generation to generation. It is one of the greatest traditions in Texas.

And, of course, it isn't just football. Rivalries in other sports are just as great between the two schools.

There simply is too much history to let it slip away.

A&M will establish wonderful new rivalries in the Southeastern Conference and they will prove to be just as exciting. But the state is pretty equally divided among maroon-bloods and orange-bloods. There are a lot of Aggies living in Austin, and a good number of Longhorns call College Station and Bryan home.

We wish the Aggies well in their new home.

As R.C. Slocum said, though, A&M isn't leaving the state of Texas; it will continue to play all its home games at Kyle Field.

We hope that, in the not-too-distant future, officials at UT and at A&M will realize just how much they miss each other on Thanksgiving.

Future Lone Star Showdowns may not be a Thanksgiving tradition any longer, but we believe the tradition should continue between the two schools, whenever it can be played.

The rivalry is good for A&M; it is good for UT.

It is good for fans of both schools and the college football. It is too important to let it slip away.

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