Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher addresses his relationship with Texas’ Tom Herman, playing the Longhorns

Texas coach, A&M coach shared the stage at the THSCA convention, but nobody's restarting the rivalry anytime soon

Posted July 22nd, 2019

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HOUSTON — Short video clips on Twitter can be interpreted to mean darn near anything. The truth is sometimes squishy.

Just imagine how Texas and Texas A&M fans got twisted into knots seeing their two football coaches sitting side by side at the Texas High School Coaches Association.

UT’s Tom Herman and A&M’s Jimbo Fisher shared the stage late Sunday for one of the many panel discussions. A video clip went viral of the two men talking. Getting close to renewing that dormant football rivalry, perhaps?

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“We were talking about the offseason schedules and how you schedule vacation and things,” Fisher said Monday. The Aggie coach then launched into a dissertation on how the recruiting calendar is radically different now after various changes.

Fisher later circled back to Herman and said, “You have relationships with everybody.”

“I have respect for Texas,” Fisher said. “They have a great tradition and great history. They play great football, and Texas A&M does the same. Tom and I have interacted. Every time I’ve interacted, I’ve enjoyed being around him. That’s probably on an individual basis. Some guys get along, and some guys don’t.”

As for the football rivalry, Herman was emphatic about the Texas-A&M series. “I would love to see the rivalry renewed. I think it’s great for college football. It’s great for Texas,” Herman said at Big 12 media days.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte tried earlier this year to schedule A&M, but his counterpart Scott Woodward declined saying the Aggies’ schedule was full. Woodward has since taken the athletic director job at LSU.

Texas and A&M are scheduled to play in volleyball, men’s basketball, baseball and track during the 2019-20 athletic year.

“I’m a football coach. I ain’t a politician,” Fisher said on playing the Longhorns. “If it helps A&M, then we do it. If it doesn’t… you know, we’re in the SEC. I wasn’t here when that divide happened. We’re worried about winning the SEC.

“It is a great rivalry with a great history but if it helps A&M to be a part of that and our program, yes,” Fisher added. “But if it doesn’t, that’s the way we went. That’s the way I feel about.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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