Don’t look for a renewal of two of college football’s greatest rivalry games anytime soon, according to former administrators from Missouri and Texas A&M.
After 120 matchups, Missouri and Kansas have not played each other since 2011. That was the same year the last Texas A&M and Texas game was played after 118 meetings between the two schools. Despite five full football seasons being passed since the SEC’s expanded with the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, the bitterness from their former Big 12 rivals has yet to subside. At least, that’s the way former Mizzou and A&M administrators tell it.
John Talty of AL.com recently spoke with former Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and former Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne to discuss the games many fans, on both sides of the rivalry, are eager to see return to the field. According to their comments, fans shouldn’t hold their breath in anticipation for a revival of the games.
According to Loftin, the main holdup on the return of the Border War to the gridiron comes from a Kansas coach not even associated with the football program — Jayhawk basketball coach Bill Self. Loftin also revealed Kansas has turned away a deal that would be beneficial to both schools to meet in Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
As for Byrne, he blames the discontinuation of the Texas series on former Texas AD DeLoss Dodds.
“Their AD at the time came out and said we will never play Texas A&M again, and they worked along with Baylor and the conference to have no one in the (Big 12) schedule us,” Byrne said, according to Talty. “There were other forces at work to make sure we didn’t play.”
It should be noted that these comments only come from one side of the rivalries but considering the lengths schools go to these days to increase revenue, the fact that these games are sitting out there as big money makers yet aren’t taking place, suggest the petty nature to the holdouts.