Tom Herman is confused — The Texas Longhorns head coach just can’t wrap his mind around why Texas and Texas A&M can’t find a way to resume the longstanding bitter rivalry during the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Welcome to the party, Tom.
Tom Herman on scheduling: "We don't play a rival at home ever. I don't know why we can't play A&M as our marquee non-conference opponent."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) July 18, 2017
Yes, Texas fans, Tom Herman absolutely, most definetely wants to play Texas A&M.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) July 18, 2017
While at Big 12 Media Days, Herman went on to note how Florida and Florida State, Clemson and South Carolina, as well as Georgia and Georgia Tech continue to find ways to square off, despite being in separate conferences.
Herman also noted that these decisions were well above his pay grade, but one thing that’s become clear during the early portion of Herman’s tenure in Austin is that he gets what he wants, and it’s quite clear that he wants Texas and Texas A&M to find a way to make that happen. Of course, this would be a decision that would need to be reached by each respective program and it’s a much taller request than new lockers and weight room upgrades, but that doesn’t stop Herman from providing his two cents.
If the Lone Star Showdown were able to resume at some point, it isn’t going to happen soon. Herman wondered why Texas A&M can’t serve as the Longhorns marquee non-conference matchup, but USC, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan currently occupy that role, as Texas is scheduled for a home-and-home series with each through the 2027 season.
Who knows; if all goes well with Herman in Austin, maybe we’ll see the Longhorns and Aggies on the same field once again in 2028.
The last time the two met, the leg of Justin Tucker sent Texas A&M to the SEC with a 27-25 loss as time expired.
Texas leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 76-37-5.