In Aggieland, it’s said if something is done twice, it’s a tradition. What about 118 times? It’s been seven years since the last A&M-UT game, a tradition older than the 12th Man itself. If athletic director Scott Woodward’s claim that we are “booked 10 years out” is true, the fish class that year of 2032 will not have been born the last time we actually beat The University of Texas.
In not so many years, a generation of Aggies is coming who will neither understand nor care about this important tradition or the traditions that surround it, such as Pinky Wilson’s now 100-year-old Aggie War Hymn, and it’s sad to witness. Already four entire classes of Aggies, for the first time in a century, have been left out of this tradition. Let’s end the stupidity.
The UT students voted in 2017 to renew the rivalry by more than 96 percent, and I assume an A&M vote would yield similar results. In my observations, people vehemently opposed to the rivalry renewal tend to be an extremely loud minority of alumni — which I don’t understand, How can you get more infuriated that the students somehow breach tradition by shouting first down at football games than at the fact that we suddenly ended a rivalry game older than the 12th Man? Listen to the students. It’s time to renew this rivalry.
I went to both stadium-packed UT vs A&M baseball games this year, and it’s undeniable what the majority of the people in the state want. However, pride and egos have gotten in the way at both schools, at first UT and now A&M. I know we are in the best conference in the nation, and we do not need UT, but unless we want to scrap our traditions and start sawing tiger ears off or elephant trunks off, why don’t we start playing UT again?
On a side note, before joining the SEC, A&M had played LSU twice for at least a 10-year period as a non-conference rival (1960-1975 & 1986-1995). LSU will never be a true replacement to the UT series, even after a 7OT thriller, but it can be a great addition just like in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, which would give A&M two exciting rivalry games to look forward to every year.
Aggie state Rep. Lyle Larson submitted a bill to require the football game. In a tweet, he stated the bill is “symbolic,” but I hope he will change his mind, because the administrations at both schools are not close to a deal, and the years are slipping away. I encourage all current students (and rational former ones) to contact your representatives and let them know you support seeing this rivalry renewed.
Lastly, Aggie alumni, I know y’all are angry at UT and want to prove A&M is better, but everybody already knows A&M is better, so please stop depriving us of this great tradition y’all had as students. Let’s once again come together and Beat the Hell Outta the Longhorns! #RenewTheRivalry
James Hodges, ’20.