- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Lost in Texas A&M's mighty move to the SEC last year literally was its heated rivalry with Texas.
For the first time in what feels like forever, the Aggies and Longhorns didn't meet last season, and as Big 12 blogger David Ubben puts it: "Thanksgiving weekend just didn't seem the same without the two Lone Star rivals going head to head."
I've only experienced this rivalry from the outside, but I've seen my fair share of games between these two schools, and not seeing them play last year really was a shame.
So, could that be changing soon? Well, according to Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, it could be, but only on Texas' terms.
Here's Dodds' feelings on the two schools playing again from The Daily Texan:
“They left. They're the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that's fair. If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don't want to. It's overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there's got to be a period where things get different. I think there's too many hard feelings.”
Now, that's a Texas-sized ego right there.
Basically, because Texas A&M decided its future was brighter in the SEC, Texas now has all the power when it comes to these two schools getting together. Pride is getting in the way of a great rivalry. Texas is mad at Texas A&M for leaving the Big 12, while Texas A&M has made it perfectly clear that it's content with playing the Longhorns.
Dodds added that he doesn't know when the two schools will play again but that he expects "we'll play sometime."
But only if the Longhorns want to, I guess.
It's petty, but now that Texas would have to directly compete with an SEC team every time it faced the Aggies, I can see why Dodds would be hesitant about reviving this rivalry. Think of the recruiting victories for the winning team. Does Texas want to take a chance on losing the type of prospects it's used to getting to the Aggies if it loses to them? And with A&M gaining even more steam after last year, Texas would just hate to have a potential BCS run thwarted by the Aggies.
But, hey, the same could be said for the Aggies, too.
The Horns might be thinking that the negatives outweigh the positives, but you're also taking this away from the players. (Remember, it's all about the kids!) Erasing this rivalry means kids who grow up in Texas and decide to play for either program won't get to play in this storied rivalry. It just doesn't seem right.
What do you guys think? Should Texas swallow its pride and get this rivalry going again? I think so, but let us know how you feel about this Texas-sized mess.
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