New Texas AD ‘working on’ rivalry game with Texas A&M


When the Texas A&M Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC, it meant that the rivlary game with the Texas Longhorns was coming to an end. The last game between the two came in 2011, when a No. 25 Texas team defeated the Aggies in College Station.

There has been some clamoring for the late November rivalry game to work. New Texas athletic director Steve Patterson was just stepping on campus when he was asked about the rivalry game. Patterson was at the Vanderbilt-Texas basketball game with former AD DeLoss Dodds, Dodds’ wife, and Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens.

Patterson took questions from the student section during halftime, and that is when the rivalry came up.

“We’re working on it,” Patterson said smiling, via Burnt Orange Nation. “It’s under a lot of water. We had it when I was here.”

The rivalry couldn’t resume it’s normal Thanksgiving day weekend slot however. A&M has an agreement to play that weekend against LSU. That means it would likely come in the early weeks of the season in September. Texas wouldn’t want to schedule it in October, the same month they play Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. The first month of the season is also when teams usually play non-conference games as well.

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