The Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies have a long history on the gridiron.
The Longhorns and Aggies have met 118 times and played every season from 1915 through 2011. Texas leads the overall series 76-37-5.
But in 2012, Texas A&M bolted the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. That put the annual Texas-Texas A&M rivalry in limbo for the foreseeable future.
That was six years ago, but then there was some discussion of the series a few years later.
Back when he was hired in 2014, former UT head coach Charlie Strong said he would “love to” renew the series. That was followed by a “180” a few months later by then UT athletics director Steve Patterson stating on the Paul Finebaum show that the series was “dead without a compelling reason.”
Fast forward to 2018 and there’s only been a smattering of serious talk about reviving the dormant series. Until today, that is.
Current Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News that the series is “important” and that “at some point and time we will pick up our rivalry.”
Chris Del Conte on renewing UT/A&M football rivalry: "At some point and time we will pick up our rivalry. It’s important to our state and important to our fan base. I’m assuming when it’s appropriate and ready, we’ll play…We’d like to do that, it’s just matching up schedules."
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) May 30, 2018
That’s the most positive position that Texas has taken on the series in years. Hopefully the two schools will mend fences and college football fans will see the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry renewed in the near future.