Report: Aggies 're-evaluating' series against Arkansas at AT&T Stadium
Texas A&M wants an additional home game at new Kyle Field.
Arkansas wants to continue its relationship with noted alumnus Jerry Jones and its commitment to the Dallas-area.
That’s the gist of the ongoing argument between the Aggies and Razorbacks on whether they want to continue playing their annual rivalry game at Cowboys AT&T Stadium, according to a report from The Dallas News.
The current contract between the two SEC programs and neutral-site venue runs through 2024, but Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman says the agreement could be altered, especially following the program’s near $500 million renovations to their home stadium.
“I’m constantly re-evaluating,” Hyman said Tuesday, according to the Dallas News. “Circumstances may change two, three, four, five years from now.”
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, who recalls the Aggies signing an addendum to the original deal after joining the SEC, isn’t as open to the idea and says the Razorbacks have centered recruiting efforts and additional fundraisers on the game being played at AT&T Stadium annually.
“We have 10 more games in the series, including this year,” Long said. “We have a contract through 2024. We are excited about it, and we expect it to continue. A&M has made the commitment twice.”
Circumstances were vastly different when the original deal was finalized in 2008, according to Hyman. AT&T Stadium was the mecca of football venues that didn’t host several college football games per season, Kyle Field renovations were several years away and the Aggies and Razorbacks were out-of-conference rivals.
The agreement was setup to renew a storied Southwest Conference rivalry, but has since turned into a financial burden on traveling Texas A&M fans (he cites) and takes away from the Aggies’ home schedule on their rotation.
“Paramount for me is doing what’s right for our supporters,” Hyman said, according to the Dallas News.