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.
“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.