Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is continuing his efforts to bridge the divide between the Texas A&M and Texas football programs.
While speaking with Scott DeLucia on WTAW Friday morning, Abbott said he has talked to the leadership of both universities about the possibility of a two-game series in the future. He said he hopes to call a meeting between those leaders soon to further discuss the possibility.
“It’s going to be harder long-term,” Abbott told WTAW
Abbott noted that each program traditionally uses one nonconference slot each season to schedule a Power 5 opponent. Texas A&M has that slot filled with games against Colorado, Miami, Notre Dame and Arizona State through 2027. The Longhorns scheduled matchups with LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida and Arizona State through 2033.
“My goal is to get it set up to where at least we play A&M and Texas a couple of times and see where it could go in the future,” Abbott told WTAW.
Abbott had previously mentioned his desire to renew the game during his State of the State address in February, backing a bill filed by state Rep. Lyle Larson, an Aggie. House Bill 412 mandated the two universities to schedule an annual nonconference football game on the fourth Thursday, Friday or Saturday of November or face losing state funds for athletic scholarships or athletic financial aid. However, neither program uses state funds for athletic scholarships. The bill ultimately didn’t make it out of committee, according to the Texas Tribune.
Abbott also brought up the rivalry football game in October 2017, before the Aggies and Longhorns tipped off in an exhibition men’s basketball game at Rice, in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
“My next goal as governor is to reunite the Texas-Texas A&M football rivalry," he said at the event.
The Aggies and Longhorns last squared off in football on Nov. 24, 2011. Texas holds a 76-37-5 record in the series that dates back to 1894.