During some college football conference realignment, it looked like the Big 12 was going to disappear. Nebraska was leaving for the Big Ten, and Texas A&M and Missouri bolted for the SEC. There were reports that the University of Oklahoma could’ve left for the Big 12.
In the aftermath of A&M bolting to the SEC, the rivalry that exists between A&M and Texas has come to a standstill and the two sides have’t player one another since. South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier said he thinks it is sad that they don’t play anymore.
“I think it’s a shame that Texas and Texas A&M don’t play each other, though,” Spurrier said, via the Statesman. “I don’t mind saying that.”
“Two schools that have been playing for over a hundred years, just because one of them joins another conference, get mad at each other (and say) ‘We’re not playing you any more, we’re not playing you any more. So I don’t know. I think it is sad.”
Had Oklahoma left to the Pac-12 without Texas, it could’ve changed their rivalry and annual game at the Cotton Bowl in Texas. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said they aren’t tied to Texas and could part ways with Texas in conference realignment.
Stoops on OU's near departure to Pac-12: “We’re not tied to Texas. The world changes. It was real possibility. It was very real"
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 23, 2014