Randy Galloway of The Fort Wort Star-Telegram is the latest journalist to kick Texas AD DeLoss Dodds around for his latest comments regarding Texas A&M. Earlier this week Dodds said that it was A&M that scuttled the Longhorns/Aggies rivalry, that it would only be re-started under Texas’ rules, and that Longhorn fans don’t even care about playing their most hated rival any longer.
That’s all nonsense, of course, and everyone outside of those in burnt orange knows it.
That’s why Galloway believes it’s time for Dodds to get over his Aggie-phobia:
“Well, first, not once as the Aggies were departing the Big 12 did anyone in College Station say the rivalry with UT was over. It was just the opposite. School officials repeatedly said, with the move to the SEC, A&M wanted to continue the game, and if it could no longer happen at Thanksgiving, pick another date.
Second, if DeLoss is actually listening to his fan base, I’d like to know what his poll says on Mack Brown continuing as head coach.
But these are tough times for Dodds. Shockingly, the Aggies became the national talk of college football in their first SEC season. The Longhorns, after the last couple of seasons, just hope they are still talked about in Austin.
Based on current conditions, DeLoss should have a wet finger in the air, and be playing the wind. If he doesn’t want to play A&M again, a much more diplomatic answer to the question would come across better.
DeLoss had the PR hammer as the Aggies departed. In a one-eighty, the Aggies now have the hammer.
The rivalry, at some point — probably after DeLoss retires — will continue. It should continue. Everyone knows that.”
Galloway also did a little recon on other Texas-based schools that used to play A&M to see who’d be interested in scheduling them again. Texas Tech and TCU are both in favor of playing the Aggies. Baylor — which threatened lawsuits in an attempt to block A&M’s move to the SEC — shows no interest.
But if given the opportunity to fire up some old rivalries, here’s guessing the Bears would rank behind the Longhorns, Red Raiders and Horned Frogs on most Aggie fans’ lists.