When Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, the Texas Longhorns reportedly made sure the Aggies would be completely cut off from their old league.
Former Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne told AL.com’s John Talty that he expected the Aggies to keep playing Texas every year even after changing conferences. However, Byrne said the Longhorns not only refused to keep the rivalry going, but also convinced other Big 12 schools to avoid scheduling Texas A&M in the future.
“Their AD [DeLoss Dodds] 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. “There were other forces at work to make sure we didn’t play.”
The Longhorns were vocal in their disapproval when the Aggies left the Big 12. This is the first time, however, Byrne has publicly accused Texas of conspiring to keep the Aggies from scheduling anyone else in the league.
Texas A&M has played three Big 12 opponents since leaving the conference, but all of those matchups came in bowl games. The Aggies beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl in 2012 and beat West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl in 2014. They lost to Kansas State in the Texas Bowl last year.
The Aggies and Longhorns may be getting closer to re-igniting their rivalry though. Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said earlier this year that the matchup will return “one of these days.”
“Sometime, I think it will get scheduled,” Perrin told the Statesman’s Kirk Bohls. “It’ll come back, but I can’t tell you when.”