Texas A&M AD responds after Tom Herman expresses interest in seeing rivalry with the Aggies renewed
Texas A&M and Texas have not met on the gridiron since the 2011 season following the Aggies’ decision to take a step up in competition and leave the Big 12 to join the nation’s toughest college football conference.
While many fans in the state and around the nation have been calling for the renewal of the series, which dates back over 100 years, the two sides have yet to find a way to make it happen.
Recently, Texas head coach Tom Herman expressed his interest in seeing the game played.
“We’d love to play ’em, I know that,” Herman said during his most recent media availability. “I know that at least I know within our program we would love to play Texas A&M, certainly.”
During his recent interview, Herman even went so far as to suggest the Longhorns would be open to playing the Aggies this season if both teams needed to fill a game to complete a 2020 schedule.
“You know, we’ll see,” Herman added. “I know (Texas AD) Chris Del Conte feels the same way that I do. And we’ve reached out to try to play them in the past. Didn’t go real well. And, you know, maybe this will be the catalyst to make it happen. I haven’t heard anything like that. But who knows? Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?”
As could have been predicted following these comments from Herman, a Texas A&M alum (named Josh) tagged Ross Bjork on Twitter and asked the Aggie AD to do his part to renew the rivalry.
Here was Bjork’s response:
“Howdy Josh! Sorry my friend, ain’t going to happen this year nor is this being discussed anywhere at A&M. I’ve been here over a year & no one from there has asked me to play them. Let’s get this season going & keep moving forward,” Bjork shared on Twitter.
That response from Bjork gives further credibility to Herman’s account of Texas wanting the series to be played but the Aggies refuse to get on board with the idea.
Maybe one day egos can be put aside and the fans will be given what they want, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon.