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Texas Tech AD: No A&M games 'any time soon'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:33 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:41 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Texas A&M's move to the SEC after the completion of this academic year will end many of the Aggies' traditional football and basketball rivalries. Many have mourned the end of the annual Texas-Texas A&M matchups, but that won't be the only Lone Star rivalry that is coming to an end. Texas Tech will also no longer face the Aggies on a regular basis, and Red Raiders athletic director Kirby Hocutt does not believe it will happen again "any time soon."

Hocutt told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal this week that the Red Raiders won't schedule Texas A&M in any sport unless the two schools commit to compete in all sports.

“We discussed it with all our head coaches,” Hocutt said, “and that’s something we as an athletic department and we as a group of coaches feel strongly about at this time.

“Our football schedule is set for the next two years. We’ll see if anything happens in the near future. But if down the road they’re interested in having that conversation, we would be willing to engage in it as well.”

Hocutt acknowledged that he has had conversations with Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne, but does not foresee any developments occurring in the near future.

“Any time you lose those games it’s unfortunate,” Hocutt said. “And it’s unfortunate that they’re not going to be in our league as we move forward. But that’s water under the bridge and if the rivalry can be resumed at some point in the future, then that would be considered at that time.”

The loss of the Texas Tech - Texas A&M rivalry is just another casualty of conference realignment. For all the latest news and updates, check out our Conference Realignment home.

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Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:28 pm
 

Texas Tech AD: No A&M games 'any time soon'

Something tells me that Big 12 teams, especially in Texas, aren't very happy with anyone who abandons the conference.  At this point, TAMU is the coyote who chewed off his own leg to escape the trap they perceived the University of Texas to be.  It's great for the SEC, though.  They have just expanded their recruiting footprint, while gaining a tomato can to help make the elite teams look good.  

Sorry, Aggies, but TAMU and Mizzou have no business trying to play football in the SEC.  You can bet that Auburn, Bammer, LSU, and Arkansas are really happy about the moves, though.


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