Aggies AD: We Want To Keep Playing Texas

Now that the Aggies' move to the SEC is official, there is renewed concern about the future of their annual football game with Texas, now held on Thanksgiving night.

The teams first met in football in 1894 and the rivalry is one of the oldest and most spirited in college football. It's a highlight of the season in the state and a tradition those in Texas and beyond would hate to lose.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin believes it can continue.

"We've been assured by the conference commissioner that we'd be able to do this if our partner (Texas) wants to do so," he said.

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman wants to keep it going, as well.

"It would be sad to see that end," he said. "I understand the logistics of it all. It may not bode well in the current system, but it certainly is a game that people year in and year out mark their calendar for that ball game. It'll be a passing that will be sad, but new rivalries come up and you start to circle other games on the calendar, I guess."

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said he, too, hopes the game can continue and that it will keep its spot on Thanksgiving.

"I don't want to pre-empt what our transition team might come up with, but speaking personally and not being the one that's going to work on that schedule, I certainly would like to see that happen," he said.

Texas coach Mack Brown said athletic director DeLoss Dodds would have to answer questions about the future of the game, but did say that as a fan he's always loved rivalry games. But, he said, changes in conference affiliation, force difficult decisions to be made about such matchups.

"Those things are important, but I think that what's happened now is that with all the conference realignment talk over the last couple years that universities are needing to do what's best for them," Brown said. "Obviously in some cases " you go back to the Nebraska-Oklahoma game " was a huge rival game that I grew up on, as well. Used to love that game and then coached in that game and it was really important to both states. And now they no longer play."

"So, I think it's forcing administrators to look at what's best for their universities, and it may not always be best to continue some of those rival games."