The Southwest Classic between old SWC rivals and new SEC rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M will be moving back to Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas in the future. Supposedly. But for the next two seasons, the Hogs and Aggies will do battle on their own campuses.
This fall, Arkansas will visit Kyle Field in College Station. In 2013, A&M will return the favor with a trip to Fayetteville. By 2014, the plan is for the game to go back to the Dallas area, where it’s been played since 2009. At least that’s the plan according to Arkansas spokesperson Kevin Trainor:
“After Texas A&M officially joined the Southeastern Conference, the Dallas Cowboys worked with both institutions to help address scheduling difficulties created for the Aggies with their entry into the SEC. Discussions between both institutions and the Dallas Cowboys are ongoing and are focused on returning the series to Cowboys Stadium for the 2014 season and beyond.”
Jones is an Arkansas alum who knows full well that his school benefits from playing inside the Lone Star State in front of a bevy of Texas high school prospects. The Razorbacks want to get the game back into the Dallas Metroplex. In fact, they never wanted it to leave JerryWorld.
As for Texas A&M, well, that’s another story. Now in the Southeastern Conference themselves, the Aggies would just as soon not give a rival like Arkansas a yearly passage into their recruiting turf. Better to have the Hogs visit every other year and better to have those visits come to College Station, not to Cowboys Stadium.
We’ll have to wait and see how money and politics impact the final landing spot for what’s to become an annual SEC showdown. At the moment, it looks like two years on campus before a return to neutral ground.