Texas A&M refuses Texas’ offer to renew football rivalry

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AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Texas A&M wide receiver Jeff Fuller #8 misses a catch as University of Texas cornerback Aaron Williams #4 defends during the first half at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte called and asked Texas A&M AD Scott Woodward if the Aggies wanted to renew their rivalry against the Longhorns in 2022 and 2023.

Woodward refused, according to Brent Zwerneman, the Texas A&M beat writer for the Houston Chronicle.

“We were already booked,” Woodward told the Houston Chronicle. “We’re booked 10 years out. [Del Conte] had an opening at the time, and it suited him, but it didn’t suit us.”

Once the Aggies declined, Texas filled the dates with a home-and-home series against Alabama.

In the SEC, A&M gets four non-conference games a season, while Texas, with the Big 12’s nine-game conference schedule only gets three. Currently, Texas A&M’s only scheduled non-conference game for 2022 and 2023 is a home-and-home series with Miami.

“With the right circumstances at the right time, but not right now,” Woodward told Zwerneman. “We already have some very good home-and-away non-conference games for our fans. It’s something coach [Jimbo] Fisher and I will talk about and consider, but it has to be at the right time and the right opportunity, when it works for both [schools].”

Typically, non-conference games are booked years in advance. How far in advance? The Longhorns have a home game against Michigan scheduled for September 4, 2027. A current 9-year-old could conceivably play in that game as a true freshman.

Texas also has future games scheduled with traditional powerhouse programs like LSU, Ohio State and Arkansas. This year’s non-conference headliner is a home-game against USC.

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