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From txags...

aggy butthurt...they couldn't beat VY at pile field

aggy excuse...he played the worst defenses in aggy history

typical aggy...McGee outplayed him and Reggie McNeal was better

Poooooooor aggy!

Now...I've gotta go wash out my eyes to try and get txag out of them

 

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Return of Aggies vs. Longhorns? It's all talk for now

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Brent Zwerneman , Houston Chronicle Feb. 9, 2019
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Texas and Texas A&M haven't lined up on the football field against each other since 2011.
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COLLEGE STATION — The opposite of a seven-year itch is stirring across the state. The more than seven-year absence of Texas vs. Texas A&M in football has caused hearts to suddenly grow fonder for the one-time rivalry game.

Either that or politicians young and old know which buttons to push on Texans for instant applause. Take Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday during his State of the State Address in Austin.

"I'm feeling moved, and I want to set the example," said Abbott, a UT alum, near the end of his speech. "For example, I'm willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with (state Rep.) Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and Longhorns."

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Abbott's declaration drew a rousing half-minute standing ovation in the State Capitol. Larson, an Aggie, has pushed for the game to be played with a symbolic bill calling for its revival – a bill without teeth mainly meant to keep the conversation rolling (both athletic departments are self-supporting and then some, and don't rely on state funds).

The burgeoning conversation is taking place on both campuses, too, with the student governments rallying together for the cause.

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"One of the great aspects of this campaign is that we're working hand-in-hand with the student leaders on the A&M campus, so it's been really refreshing and nice to get their take on it," UT student government member Jake Greenberg told the Daily Texan last week.

Two years ago nearly 97 percent of about 8,000 UT students voted in favor of reigniting the rivalry — once again an emblematic measure. Meantime the A&M student government has passed a resolution to take a student vote on the same thing this spring.

 

"The purpose is to reinvigorate the passion that the game brings and to restore one of Texas A&M University's most time-honored traditions," the A&M resolution reads in part.

Considering current college freshmen were simply trying to wade through intermediate school the last time UT and A&M played in 2011, they primarily have to rely on YouTube and tales of their elders on the mystique of what was once the state's most ballyhooed rivalry around Thanksgiving.

The annual collision ended when A&M exited the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, and while the programs have met in basketball and baseball among other sports since, football has been a no-go. A&M chancellor John Sharp told the Chronicle all of this sudden itching for the game could have been avoided going back seven years.

He cited then-UT president Bill Powers, then-UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds and then-UT chancellor Francisco Cigarroa as refusing to budge on the matter in 2012 — that with A&M breaking the rivals' longtime league affiliation a nonconference football contest was not going to happen.

 

"Right after we joined the SEC my board asked me to immediately ask UT to reinstate the game," Sharp said. "So I met with Bill Powers for lunch and asked to continue the game. He said no, that DeLoss Dodds was against it. Chancellor Cigarroa said the same thing."

Scheduling is the main things holding back the revival these days, Sharp said, along with adding another treacherous game to what both sides consider already rugged fall schedules in bids to make the four-team College Football Playoff.

"It all could have been done easier back then before we all started scheduling Power Five games," Sharp said. "Now, it's much more difficult because both teams have fixed schedules and both want to have easier games in between to rest up between Power Five games.

"Both (school) presidents want to do this and they're working on it, but the delay from that early (request) has complicated it."

 

UT president Gregory Fenves and A&M president Michael Young visited with Austin American-Statesman staff members last month and each said he was in favor of the game resuming — and then each spoke of the complications of scheduling marquee nonconference contests.
"We told our (athletic directors) to figure out a plan and bring it to us," Fenves told the paper.

The leaders should not hold their breath. A&M athletic director Scott Woodward told the Chronicle last August that his counterpart at UT, Chris Del Conte, called earlier in 2018 with an offer: How about a home-and-home revival for 2022 and 2023? Woodward told him no thanks.

"We were already booked," Woodward said. "We're booked 10 years out. He had an opening at the time, and it suited him, but it didn't suit us."

Meantime A&M and UT, separated by 90 miles of countryside, continue duking it out for the state's top recruits, all while not settling their differences on the football field — or giving prospects the opportunity to take in a helmet-to-helmet matchup.

 

"I think Texas should play A&M annually to kick off the season," touted Hebron High safety Darius Snow, a member of the class of 2020, posted out of the blue to Twitter last week. "Just a thought."

UT third-year coach Tom Herman has called for a renewal of the rivalry in the second game of each season. A&M second-year coach Jimbo Fisher said he doesn't consider it a big deal that the old rivals, who've met on 118 occasions, continually butt heads in recruiting but no longer butt helmets.

"Our interest is east, with LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas ..." Fisher said. "That's where we go, and those are our rivalries, too. We're recruiting against all of them, too."

The Longhorns contend the Aggies can look east all they want, but they also will always have to look at what's shaping up as quite longtime bragging rights — a 27-25 UT victory on Justin Tucker's 40-yard field goal as time expired on Thanksgiving in 2011.

 

"That last game in College Station, who won that one?" Del Conte asked a crowd at the first Texas Athletics Town Hall last week, providing more evidence the rivalry indeed presses on. "We did. They've got to live with that."

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/college/article/Return-of-Aggies-vs-Longhorns-It-s-all-talk-for-13604216.php

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I'm pretty sure DeLoss, Powers, and the UT leadership let aggy know there'd be consequences for running away to the SEC. For them to state otherwise is disingenuous at best. It was no surprise to anyone paying attention to the rhetoric.

I, for one, am not in favor of renewing the rivalry until both schools have the same number of OOC games. Right now, we've got 3 to aggy's 4. I also don't want it to be an early season game. Let it die if it can't be played in November during the SEC's "cupcake weekend" or on Thanksgiving.

Hell, I'd rather play the SEC bluebloods anyway. F aggy

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On 2/6/2019 at 8:48 AM, Wayne said:

Sorry to have to correct you but aggy has those 9 in addition to their "3".  So aggy has 12.

 

just want to make sure you're counting the 2005 NC.  remember aggie was in the big 12 then.  so they have 13....

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I don't see it. Take a look at our future schedules.

2020 

South Florida

at LSU

UTEP

2021

Rice

at Atkansas

2022

at South Florida

Alabama

2023

Rice

at Alabama

2024

at Michigan

South FLorida

2025

Ohio State

2026

at Ohio State

2027

Michigan

2028

Georgia

2029

at Georgia

 

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8 hours ago, J.B. TexasEx said:

I'm pretty sure DeLoss, Powers, and the UT leadership let aggy know there'd be consequences for running away to the SEC. For them to state otherwise is disingenuous at best. It was no surprise to anyone paying attention to the rhetoric.

I, for one, am not in favor of renewing the rivalry until both schools have the same number of OOC games. Right now, we've got 3 to aggy's 4. I also don't want it to be an early season game. Let it die if it can't be played in November during the SEC's "cupcake weekend" or on Thanksgiving.

Hell, I'd rather play the SEC bluebloods anyway. F aggy

At the time aggy president bow tie said it was a 100 year decision.  We have 93 years to go before we should schedule them.

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aggy's infrastructure is stressed because their diploma mill accepts 70% of A&M applicants and its enrollment grew by 1/3 in a decade? Looks to me like cult leader, John "not too" Sharp, has indoctrinated too many aggy, too soon. I wouldn't put much stock in an aggy Economics, Accounting, or Finance degree.

Whoop!

 

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