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Tom Herman on Playing Texas A&M: ‘Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures’

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No one knows what the college football season is going to look like, but if there is anything good to come out of COVID-19, could it be a temporary renewal of Texas vs. Texas A&M on the football field?

It seems highly unlikely, but hey, a man dream, right?

Tom Herman was asked about that very thing as teams are having to cancel games due to rules and restrictions from various conferences.

That has happened for the Texas A&M Aggies, who have had two of their games cancelled this season.

Meantime, Texas’ non-conference remains in tact with USF, LSU and UTEP still on the schedule, but let’s see how long that lasts.

So at his press conference on Thursday, Herman was asked about the possibility of renewing the rivalry, to which he said, “We’ve reached out to try to play them in the past. It didn’t go real well. Maybe this will be the catalyst to make it happen. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?”


Frankly, I have no idea who has reached out to who. Each program has a reason to not reach out. A&M can claim they’re in the high and mighty SEC and no longer need Texas (a comical argument, but an argument nonetheless). While Texas remains the top dog in the state and could only, theoretically, hurt their brand by playing A&M and losing.

So when each team has a reason to not play it seems unlikely it will happen. And Texas still has all its games on the schedule.

But once again, if a conversation can get started throughout all this insanity of 2020, that would be one of the few wins for a year that can’t end soon enough.

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