Tom Herman hasn’t coached a single game at Texas yet and he already wants to make changes to the schedule. In fact, the former Houston head coach is seeking a big change in the form of adding Texas A&M as a “marquee non-conference opponent.”
Herman is far from the first person to suggest that the Longhorns and Aggies should be playing regularly and, frankly, it makes all the sense in the world. However, Texas has reportedly gone out of its way to stop A&M from playing against Big 12 opponents, as reported by John Talty of AL.com in the past. In fact, the report indicated that former AD DeLoss Dodds flatly wouldn’t put the two sides back together.
“Their AD (DeLoss Dodds) at the time came out and said we will never play Texas A&M again, and they worked along with Baylor and the conference to have no one in the (Big 12) schedule us. There were other forces at work to make sure we didn’t play.”
There are pitfalls on both sides in that, well, the loser of an annual battle would be in a tough recruiting position. Still, college football would be a better place if the two marquee programs from the state of Texas were facing off every single year and there are some winds blowing in that direction, including one from Herman himself.