Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp told Texas Monthly he'd be in favor of renewing the annual Aggie and Longhorn gridiron bout as a part of a lengthy article on Sharp's impact while at the helm of the university.
"I'd like to put the UT-A&M game back together," Sharp told Texas Monthly. "I know the governor [Greg Abbott] wants to put it back together. UT wants to put it back together."
The two schools have not shared a football field since 2011, A&M's last year in the Big 12 before departing for the SEC. Texas took the contest, 27-25, on a last-minute, 40-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. The Longhorns have a significant hold on the all-time series with a 76-37-5 record, although the Aggies split the final six contests.
Last week at Big 12 Media Days in Frisco, new Texas head coach Tom Herman said he'd like the Longhorns to face the Aggies for a yearly nonconference game, not unlike instate rivals Florida and Florida State, as well as Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Over the next 10 years, the Longhorns have scheduled nonconference matchups with Maryland, LSU, Ohio State, Southern California, Arkansas, Rice, Central Florida and Southern Florida, but have openings in eight of those years, including 2018. The Aggies have games scheduled through 2025, with openings every year.
Sharp said in the article that he knows older Aggies would like to see the rivalry renewed, but cited the rigors of the SEC slate as a main issue stalling the process.
"The players just get the [expletive] beat out of them in those games because of the big SEC defenses," Sharp told Texas Monthly. "They need a full week to recover -- some of them don't even practice until Tuesday or Wednesday."
However, he is aware of the financial benefits the game would revive as well, he said.
"Man, can you imagine how much money we could make off that game?" he told Texas Monthly.