April 2nd, 2014 01:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Texas A&M
Tags: China, Enter Patterson, Lone Star State, Mexico City
Texas has a new athletic director these days. But Steve Patterson’s views on the Texas/Texas A&M rivalry don’t seem to be all that much different than those of his predecessor, DeLoss Dodds. And that’s not a good thing for Texas.
During the conference expansion/realignment game it became standard operating procedure for schools left behind to use the “we won’t play you anymore” gambit. Yes, it’s akin to taking their ball and going home, but what else might a scorned school do? Try and sock it to the departees on the actual playing field? Pshaw!
Kansas did it to Missouri. Every school in the ACC will do it Maryland. And most famously, Texas did it to long-time rival Texas A&M, killing off one of college football’s most-storied rivalries in the process. Since Texas went down that road, the Aggies have zipped by the Longhorns on the field, in the national rankings, in recruiting, and in the national spotlight. Yeah, that’ll learn ‘em.
Enter Patterson who sounds like he’s more interested in the Middle East than Middle Texas. The reason Patterson is considering sending teams to Mexico City (football), China (basketball) and Dubai (who knows what team?) is he’s “more concerned with growing the footprint” for Texas’ athletic brand than he is in kickstarting old rivalries. “Until there’s a case made that it makes sense to play a game against another school in the state of Texas, I don’t see us focusing on it.”
Earlier this month, LonghornDigest.com — the Scout.com site covering Texas — asked “four prestigious Texas high school football coaches” about the hierarchy of college football within the Lone Star State. All four said that Texas now ranks behind Texas A&M and Baylor inside their own state. Some might say that if the Longhorns are losing ground to their most hated rival by not playing them… perhaps that’s case enough to play them and to try to unseat them on the grass of an actual football field. If Texas beats Baylor in Big XII player next year, the Horns will slip past them in the eyes of high school coaches and players. But they have no such chance with A&M so long as they refuse to play them.
We wish Texas luck with the Dubai thing, though. We’re sure Texas fans would much prefer games in Mexico City and Dubai to facing off with Texas A&M again.
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