Another day, another controversy surrounding regular season scheduling between the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies’ longstanding rivalry, which has been on hiatus since Texas bested Texas A&M in 2011 by a field goal as the final seconds ticked down.
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte is ready to see it return. But as for Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork, not so much, according to the Dallas Morning News. From the Morning News: “Since becoming A&M’s athletic director in July 2019, [Bjork] has been nothing but consistent on the subject. ‘There’s been nothing formal, nothing official. We haven’t moved any conversations,’ Bjork said. ‘Our position remains the same — we’re focused on other things right now. ... [Let’s] make it happen in the playoff, the College Football Playoff.’
Chris Del Conte on returning rivalries with either Texas A&M, LSU or Arkansas: Our goal is to play non-conference teams that have won championships in the modern era of College Football.— Taylor Gaspar Estes (@TaylorEstes247) May 5, 2020
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Texas safety Caden Sterns eyeing big things for San Antonio Food Bank, Longhorns
Dallas Morning News: Area recruiting update: Texas Longhorns have top class; SMU’s recent surge has Mustangs above Oklahoma, TCU
Sports Illustrated: Texas AD on scheduling: ‘My goal is to play anyone who has won a national championship in the modern era’
247Sports: Roundtable: Which Longhorns are under-hyped entering 2020?
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
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ESPN: Everything we know about the NFL’s plans for a virtual offseason
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND COLLEGE SPORTS
- Texas offered 2022 cornerback Maurion Horn out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “The 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back ... is the No. 19 cornerback, No. 3 player in the Sooner State and No. 144 overall prospect in the 2022 class, according to 247Sports. ... The Longhorns don’t reach into the Sooner state very often. The age-old story goes that players come north of the Red River to play college ball and very seldom go the other way, but this is one of those special occasions. That’s not to say that it never happens. Casey Thompson could be the next starting quarterback after Sam Ehlinger and he played his high school ball up north. For what it’s worth Horn seems to be open to playing out of state according to the word on the street. If Texas were to get in and win this recruiting battle it would mark a huge head-to-head victory over its biggest rival the Sooners’ home turf.”
- Longhorn icon Roger Clemens can still hum it.
Kacy Clemens (@KClemens21) with his dad @rogerclemens: “I want to find a 58-year-old around anywhere in the country that can come out here and throw 200 pitches at 60 feet like he does.” Son Kody (@kodyclem) added “In a hoody.” Kacy: “In a hundred degrees.” pic.twitter.com/r7jwyj9gRt— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 4, 2020
- Just to close out on another Del Conte comment, the Texas athletic director remains confident that football will return this fall, or at least that’s what he told 247Sports. From 247Sports: “I do believe we’re going to have football in the fall,” Del Conte told 247Sports. “You look at what we’re doing right now in starting to open up our country. We have to be safe and we have to provide safe avenues for our fans to come in to the stadium.”