11/24/2011 - Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN - UT kicker Justin Tucker kicks the game-winning field goal with three seconds left on the clock against Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station on Thursday Nov. 24, 2011.

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

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Golden: Del Conte: Texas-Texas A&M game not a question of “if but when”

Posted January 22nd, 2019

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Story highlights
  • Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said the possibility of Texas and Texas A&M playing again is question of when and not if.
  • Texas present Gregory L. Fenves and Michaek K. Young discussed the possibilities in the offices of the Austin American-Statesman last week.
  • The teams haven't played since Justin Tucker's 40-yard field goal with three seconds gave Texas a 27-25 win in 2011.
  • Texas has several home-and-home series scheduled for the rest of the decade including against SEC teams Alabama, LSU, and Georgia.

When University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves sat down with Texas A&M President  Michael K. Young last week at the American-Statesman, a myriad topics were discussed. But we who follow sports were most excited about the possible resumption of a college football rivalry that’s been dormant for seven years and counting.

Texas kicker Justin Tucker celebrates his game-winning field goal against Texas A&M in 2011. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

It’s been a minute since the night in College Station when Justin Tucker’s last-second 40-yard field goal gave the Longhorns a 27-25 win at Kyle Field in November 2011, the last Texas-Texas A&M meeting.

The scheduling logistics are just that: Logistics. Athletic directors Chris Del Conte and Scott Woodward must figure out a way to get back on the field posthaste, but it won’t be easy given the upcoming scheduling commitments on each side.

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Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte claps following Texas’ 24-17 victory over Kansas in an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Del Conte told me Monday he wanted to schedule the Aggies when an opening came up for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Texas originally had slated Ohio State in those slots, but the Buckeyes requested a reschedule so they could play Notre Dame. Del Conte called Woodward before the 2018 season to gauge his interest.

“They had scheduled Miami,” Del Conte said. “Things like this just depend on when someone has the right opening at the right time.”

He added that was the last time he and Woodward have discussed a possible resumption of the series.

Del Conte scheduled a home-and-home with Alabama for 2022 and 2023 and moved the Ohio State series to 2025 and 2026. In addition to a one-off matchup at Arkansas in 2021, the Horns also have home-and-home agreements with LSU (2019 and 2020), Michigan (2024 and 2027) and Georgia (2028 and 2029).

Like all SEC teams, the Aggies play four non-conference games and only eight league games, which gives them a bit more flexibility on the surface. But how excited are they about adding Texas knowing they already play Alabama and LSU every year?

Still, Del Conte is positive it can happen. One day.

“It’s not if, but when,” he said. “Playing A&M is great for the state. Rival games are important for college football. Notre Dame should play USC. Georgia should play Georgia Tech. Alabama should play Auburn. Pittsburgh should play West Virginia.”

And the Horns should play the Aggies.

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