Maybe the NFL official who missed the pass interference call in the Rams-Saints game is in charge of renewing the Texas A&M-Texas football rivalry.
How else can you explain the two schools can’t make it happen, especially after the presidents of both schools told the Austin American-Statesman last week they are in favor of renewing the rivalry?
I mean, how hard can it be?
If Texas A&M and Texas really wanted to play in football again they would, plain and simple. I mean, come on, how many schools are more powerful than A&M and UT? They can just about make anything happen, except schedule a football game that most Texans want. There’s been nothing but lame excuses why they can’t play since the teams last played in 2011.
At first, A&M didn’t need Texas, which is why it joined the Southeastern Conference, and Texas didn’t need the Aggies because they left. Then after that, it’s really been he said, she said. Even lawmakers have gotten involved, but no football game has been scheduled.
A&M in August turned down a home-and-home offer from Texas for 2022 and ’23, according to the Houston Chronicle. A&M didn't have an opening. Now, six months later, the school presidents told the Statesman they’ve told their ADs to get together and bring them a plan. Did something change? Big 12 Conference added two schools to get to 12? The SEC stopped scheduling Little Sisters of the Poor in nonconference?
That's why, I’m expecting absolutely nothing to happen, because that’s what’s happened so far, which I’m thinking is by design.
I said before when the right television contract is put on the table, the rivalry will be back. Well, now I’m not so sure. Do fans outside the state really care if A&M and Texas play again on a regular basis?
And while an A&M-UT contract for four, six, eight or 10 years seemingly would bring a nice chunk of change, wouldn’t it take some glitter off Texas playing Oklahoma and its Big 12 games along with UT’s other nonconference games against LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan? And the same goes for A&M and the SEC. Heck, the SEC makes the most money and it plays only eight league games annually. Less is more. The SEC will do nicely next year promoting that A&M will play Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Clemson. That’ll help each SEC school bring in another $30 million to $40 million without A&M playing Texas.
So maybe renewing the A&M-UT rivalry wouldn’t be as big as we think. Neither needs another loss. A&M hasn’t won a conference title in 20 years. Texas won 10 games this past season for the first time since 2009 when it lost in the BCS National Championship Game.
Maybe when both schools establish themselves as Top 10 programs a TV network – with the Big 12’s and SEC’s blessing - makes the two schools an offer no one can or would want to refuse.
Until then, I think it will be status quo. The A&M-UT school presidents, ADs, chancellors and head coaches when asked will say they’d love to continue the rivalry but only when it is right for all parties involved.
Wait a minute, isn’t that what they have been saying?
I need to remind myself to post this as news every three months.
Man, I wonder if my IT department can do that?