In 2012, the Texas A&M Aggies began playing football in the SEC. Not only was this the beginning of a new conference for the Aggies, but it also marked the first time in 99 years that Texas A&M and Texas were not in the same conference. And, as a result, a rivalry that dates back to 1894 came to an end.
However, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodd recently suggested that the rivalry may be rekindled. But…there is a catch:
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.
Huh? Maybe it is just me, but i seem to remember that it was Texas that opted not to continue the rivalry. Granted, scheduling was an issue, but I am sure that something could have been worked out with, say, Wyoming. You’re Texas, for crying out loud! You have your own fucking network! Make it happen!
Ah, yes. The network! Some will point out that the creation of the Longhorn Network was the catalyst for the Aggies’ exodus. But, let’s be honest. Texas A&M has long desired to join the SEC. The potential move in the 1990s — during a time when Texas acted elitist and eyed a move to the Pac-10 — was blocked due to political meddling. Eventually, the Aggies joined the Big 12. So, really, the SEC move was the fulfilling of a near two decade-old dream. It just needed the right fuel to start the fire. That’s where the Network comes in.
So, Texas can try to blame the Aggies moving to the SEC for ending the rivalry, but when you look at the context, even Stevie Wonder can see what was going on there.
The thing is, A&M wanted to continue the rivalry. It was Dodd who said, “Piss off, Aggies!” And, he probably used those words, too. Texas felt that they were better than A&M and did not need the Aggies to justify their existence. So, the Longhorns went about their way, saving the Big 12 all by themselves because they are the only team that can do it, while Texas A&M goes to get destroyed in the SEC.
Wait! Huh? The Aggies didn’t get destroyed in the SEC? They actually played very well? They beat the eventual BCS champions? And, their QB became the first freshman to win the Heisman??? Oops!
Maybe that is why Dodd released such an odd statement. Maybe that is why he insinuated that Texas fans don’t want to restart the rivalry. Maybe A&M’s successful jump left Dodd with a taste of sour grapes. He probably hoped lil’ brother would fail, but when it did not happen, he became bitter. And, at present, it does seem that the two programs are heading in opposite directions.
That Dodd had the audacity to now blame the Aggies for the end of the rivalry is ludicrous. At best, both parties are to blame. But, just stop with the elitist “we’ll play ’em when we’re ready” schtick, because had the two met last year, the Longhorns would have likely been demolished.
Texas legislator Ryan Guillen proposed a bill that would require the two universities to play each other in football every season. However, is it really a “rivalry” worth saving? Certainly there is a huge emotional attachment to the rivalry, but in terms of competition and on-field results, the rivalry is more like Tennessee-Vanderbilt.
If the Aggies are going to renew an old SWC/Big 12 rivalry, I hope that it is with Texas Tech. I want to see more goal posts in the stands!