We should all resign ourselves that this won't happen, but if the power brokers at Texas A&M and Texas care about anything other than their own egos, they would not stand in the way of genuine progress.
Administrators at A&M and Texas - this is not about you. This is all about the alums and the people who care so deeply about these schools. Put your egos aside and let this game happen if it can.
Something called the Advocare Texas Bowl could potentially make Texas vs. Texas A&M happen. The game is 8 p.m. on December 29, so let us all hope.
These teams have not played each other in football since Texas A&M left the Big 12 - thanks Longhorn Network - for the SEC.
If you don't recall, Texas defeated Texas A&M on Nov. 24, 2011 27-25 in College Station in the final game of a series that had endured since the Civil War.
Since then, administrators from both schools have thrown out rhetoric that they want this series to continue, and then promptly do nothing to make it happen. The only one who has verbally been reluctant to make any sort of rhetorical pledge to restore this rivarly has been Texas A&M director of athletics Eric Hyman. As a member of the SEC, Hyman does not want to create a schedule with any more potential losses than the conference already presents.
Now Texas (6-5) and Texas A&M (7-4) are both potentially in a position to play each other in a bowl game that has automatic tie-ins to the SEC and Big 12. This matchup and this game can happen, provided UT and A&M sign off on it.
The Longhorns, in Charlie Strong's first year, are going to be bowl eligible even if they lose to TCU on Thanksgiving Day. BTW - Do not be surprised if UT wins that game. This team is improving, and has won four of their last five games.
Texas A&M has been disappointing since a 5-0 start. The Aggies have dropped four of their last six games, but are bowl eligible ... of course, in this day and age of college football, there are nine-loss teams that are bowl eligble. A&M plays No. 17 LSU in its season finale.
Both teams are going to have its respective pride and ego crushed with the reality that they are not going to be in a prime bowl date, but there is no way these coaches are going to say no to an additional game. They want the extra practices.
A Texas vs. Texas A&M game would be a dream for the Texas Bowl, which would sell out immediately.
A Texas vs. Texas A&M game would make an otherwise mostly irrelevant game relevant in a way few bowls ever do.
A Texas vs. Texas A&M game would make actually be the thawing of a cold war that exists only because a bunch of administrators only agree to blame the other.
The Longhorn Network happened, and the move to the SEC happened. It should not prevent these two long-time rivals that mean so much to so many in the great state a Texas from playing each other again. One team will lose, get over it, but more importantly they will play.
If it can happen, both schools owe it to their students and their alums to allow it.
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