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Report: Arkansas, A&M to end neutral-site series

Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:29 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Despite expectations to the contrary, as of Tuesday afternoon the SEC still has yet to release its official 14-team schedule for 2012. But one key detail potentially outside the jurisdiction of the league office is all but official: Arkansas and Texas A&M will no longer play their annual series as a neutral-site game in Dallas.

For the past three seasons, the Razorback and Aggies have met at Cowboys Stadium as part of each team's nonconference schedule. But with A&M becoming one of Arkansas's divisional rivals in the new SEC West, the Aggies' willingness to continue the series at a neutral venue -- even one as glamorous as Jerry Jones' football space palace -- has waned. The Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwenerman reported Tuesday that one A&M official had told him the school "never" wants to play the game in Dallas again. 

Though not yet 100 percent finalized, according to Zwenerman all "indications" are that the neutral game is finished and that the series will continue as a usual conference home-and-home. Since the SEC forbids schools from hosting recruits at neutral-site conference games (like the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party between Georgia and Florida), the A&M official quoted in the report said the current game's appeal as a recruiting tool would "lose its edge" as an intra-conference matchup.

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino had previously stated that while he and the Hogs would be happy to continue playing in Cowboys Stadium (no doubt for the continued novelty of rewarding Texas recruits with a game in their home state, an advantage A&M already has), the Aggies "really don't want to play" the neutral-site game in the future. 

The Aggies and Razorbacks had agreed to a 10-year nonconference series before A&M's decision to join the SEC last September.

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Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:45 pm

Report: Arkansas, A&M to end neutral-site series

Now they will get embarased in their aggieland stadium.....    I hope Jerry Jones makes them pay big for breaking their contract. The Hogs will find someone else to play there, like Houston. Since the Houston is where A&M gets most of it's players that will backfire on them as well. Not a good way for a&m to start the SEC...with breaking a contract.

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:34 pm

Report: Arkansas, A&M to end neutral-site series

The Aggies are just tired of getting embarrased in their home state EVERY YEAR!!!! Woooo Pig Sooie

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