Tom Herman took part in his first Big 12 Media Day today, and came out with a stance that should make most Texas fans smile: he wants to bring back the Texas A&M series.
At this point, most college fans probably understand the rationale behind conference realignment, even if it strikes a blow against many long-standing traditions.
The loss of rivalries like the Border War between Kansas and Missouri, Pitt and West Virginia's "Backyard Brawl," and perhaps most notably, Texas vs. Texas A&M, is a very unfortunate consequence.
Of course, there is no hard reason that the Aggies and Longhorns can't get back on the field for the first time since 2011.
Today, Herman threw his full support behind renewing the rivalry.
With nine-game schedules in the Big 12, it is hard for teams to fit in multiple big-time non-conference games and still put together a workable schedule. That is especially true for a program like Texas, which despite its talent, is definitely rebuilding.
Over the next few seasons, Texas faces Maryland (2018), USC (2018), LSU (2019, 2020), Arkansas (2021), Ohio State (2022, 2023), and Michigan (2024, 2027) in non-conference play.
Still, we'd love to see them move things around to get the Aggies back on the slate. Herman's counterpart, Kevin Sumlin, also supported renewing the rivalry, almost exactly a month ago. From the Austin-American Statesman:
“Me, personally? I think over the course of time that’s going to happen,” Sumlin said. “With our move to the SEC scheduling has become a real issue.”
If Texas' head coach wants it to happen, and Texas A&M's head coach wants it to happen, it should probably happen. Get it done, guys.