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Kingsbury would like to face Aggies, too

New Tech coach agrees with Hocutt that A&M series should resume

Posted: March 19, 2013 - 8:15pm  |  Updated: March 20, 2013 - 12:26am
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Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury warms up under the watch of Raider Red before throwing out the first pitch before the Red Raiders game against Arizona State on Tuesday. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury warms up under the watch of Raider Red before throwing out the first pitch before the Red Raiders game against Arizona State on Tuesday. (Zach Long)
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Some of Kliff Kingsbury’s most memorable games as a college quarterback came against Texas A&M, and Texas Tech’s new coach wouldn’t mind making some more memories against the Aggies.

Echoing statements made last week by Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt, Kingsbury on Tuesday, March 19, said, “I thought the rivalry was awesome. I think it’s great for the state and it’s great for the schools. I’d love to be part of that again.”

There’s just one caveat.

“Just wait ’til Johnny leaves after this year,” Kingsbury said, referring to Johnny Manziel, the A&M quarterback he guided to a Heisman Trophy last season when Kingsbury was the Aggies’ offensive coordinator.

Kingsbury was asked about the topic Tuesday after he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to the Tech-Arizona State baseball game at Rip Griffin Park.

Hocutt told a group of reporters at the Big 12 Conference basketball tournament he’d welcome the chance to play A&M in every sport. The two schools didn’t face each other this school year with the Aggies’ departure to the Southeastern Conference.

Subsequent to Hocutt’s comments, Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman told The Dallas Morning News, “We would entertain anything.”

Last fall, Hocutt expressed a desire to strengthen the non-conference schedule. At the time, he said 2015 or 2016 was probably the earliest a marquee opponent could be added.

This season, Tech’s non-conference opponents are SMU, Stephen F. Austin and Texas State. Tech has a home-and-home series with Texas-El Paso in 2014 and 2015 and hosts Central Arkansas in 2014.

Realistically, how soon might a Tech-Texas A&M game happen?

“I would think soon,” Kingsbury said. “Like I said, Kirby’s excited about it. I’m excited about it, so hopefully we can come to an agreement and get that thing rolling. I just think it’s a great thing for the state. It’s a great rivalry, a great football game and it would be great for Texas.”

As a player, Kingsbury quarterbacked Tech to 12-0 and 48-47 victories over the Aggies, throwing for 474 yards and five touchdowns in the latter game in 2002. Even in a 33-15 defeat in 2000, he won approval from Tech fans for continuing to get up and keep throwing despite taking a beating from the Aggies’ pass rush.

Kingsbury’s first order of business is to get his own team in order, a process that starts this weekend when the Red Raiders open spring practice. The first workout is Friday, March 22, though 12 of the 15 sessions are closed to the public and media.

“I’m excited. Very antsy,” Kingsbury said. “The last few months have been fast and furious, and not as much coaching as you’d like. But to get out there and see what we’ve got and start evaluating our talent, I’m excited about it.”

After he was hired Dec. 12, Kingsbury pointed out that the Houston team for which he was an assistant from 2008 to 2011 twice led the nation in passing during that time and the Texas A&M team for which he was offensive coordinator last year led the Southeastern Conference in rushing.

Kingsbury indicated again Tuesday he’s flexible about what shape the offense will take.

“I think we’re going to get our base (offensive package) going and see where our personnel is at that point and then adapt our offense to that,” he said. “We’ll get our base concepts repped and then go from there.”

Kingsbury was decked out in sunglasses, a Red Raiders baseball cap and a gray Tech baseball jersey as he went to the mound Tuesday. That was after he spent 15 minutes in the bullpen, loosening the arm that once threw 95 touchdown passes for the Red Raiders.

He stood in front of the mound and delivered on target.

“It was a strike,” he said proudly. “It was a strike. I was nervous. It wasn’t pretty in warmups. I hadn’t thrown a ball in a long time, but somehow I got it over. They let me scoot up about 10 feet, too, which helped.”

Kingsbury said he was a pitcher and shortstop until his sophomore year at New Braunfels High School when he decided his future was in football.

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Tech/A&M

Why would A&M want to play this game? This was never a "great rivalry." It was a big game for Tech - not so much from A&M point of view. If A&M is going to play someone from the Big 12, it's going to be Texas.

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Last 10 yrs we win 6-4 over atm's!

Aggies never wanted to admit we were a rival simply cause it mightve enhanced our stature in recruiting. Last 10 yrs we played them we won six of those games and most by running away with them. Many of those games we won no way Aggies could even stay on same field with our spread offense. We woulda won couple more if any defense. Now if we start playing again once in awhile at least we wont be playing with one arm tied behind our backs.

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But if and when we play again

But if and when we play again they must agree to play us in all 4 main sports and not jus football!

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Scott

UT isn't going to give you a bone. UT will play A&M when they decide.

You say Tech and Aghole are not a rival, but others of your kind think it was. Maybe it is because Tech owned Aghole until Flubberville got to Tech.

For many years the only time Pyle of Field was ever full there in College Station was when Tech came to town. Not a rival my ass.

Get over yourself.

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@raiderred

You sir, have hit the nail on the head.

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Scout

agreed! Get over yourself. But what else would Kingsbury say? He wouldn't say, "no I don't want to play them". It was a great series and Tech usually had the upper hand at least in football, but it makes no sense to play them. The old SWC didn't play Arkansas after they left (and the Razorbacks never were as much a powerhouse) and the same should be done with the aggies. I would imagine that someday though we will. The only way I would like to see us play them would be in a major bowl game.

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We can play A&M this year!

If the Red Raiders win enough games next year, and the Aggies win enough games next year, we could play in the Cotton Bowl.

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Schedule

Again, why would A&M want to help Tech out as it obviously a big game to Tech and would help rebuild the program.

Obviously Leach did regularly beat A&M when A&M had Fran (amazingly Sherman won the last three games). Tech knows what it's like to have a coach that is not a good fit i.e. Tuberville.

However, A&M has upcoming home and home series with Oregon and USC so I don't see this happening any time soon.

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What is it with some tech fans?

I grew up in Lubbock and still visit my parents and follow the A-J on-line, and I have never understood the vitriol and obscene hatred directed at A&M by some “tech fans”. Why?

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@ emt

The only thing worse than an obnoxious longhorn is an obnoxious aggie

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Why?

bill214

I wouldn’t disagree with your observation. Obnoxious fans are, well, obnoxious.

The fans I was specifically asking about are the “tech fans” that exhibit a rabid, fanatical, hatred for A&M. This hatred is reserved for A&M and only A&M. My question is: why? Why A&M in particular?

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Former EMT

I think the main reason is because not only do most Aggies think they are better than Tech fans and students in general, they also think the same about UT. Basically UT has earned their right to act high and mighty, but A&M has not. Tech owns their spot in the world while A&M is like the punk kid who thinks they know better than all of the adults.

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Mikey 851

Thanks for the insight. I had almost given up on getting an answer back.

Funny thing though – I guess the “tech fans” that feel that way don’t realize that “punk kid A&M" is older than UT…

And from what I’ve seen, A&M and UT have at least some degree of respect for each other (grudgingly or otherwise).

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In Order

Scout-name says it, obviously out in front for A&M.

F L-exclude Tuber years and we were 7-3 at one point. I too, would like to see all sports, as all of our non-conference schedules are a joke. But football is especially bad, and I'd settle for just that to start.

rr0-right on.

af24-pound away

wscott-that is a moronic statement. Both fan bases want to see it. National TV game. What, because they left for a better conference, we're gonna cut off our nose to spite our face? Get over yourself !!

Ld-could happen, that would be great, good thinking.

Scout-now you make sense, what happened to your brain in the first post?

EMT-you skirt around the issue and questions. You might be from Lubbock area, but are obviously not a TTU fan. You sound like scout not taking a stand.

bill214-correct, as usual.

Mikey851-okay, that was the most sensible and true statement I've read.

F EMT (Aggie)= I got your answer right here. Bite the big one.

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petebenishek

You assume too much.

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@emt

Hey emt, don't flatter yourself thinking tech fans have special hatred toward your school. The facts are aggies ares easy targets and think they ate better than they are... Kind of lime the 3+1 stooges on here (facts, feaco, coyote & lodotx a&m) ok, you too suzy

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bill214

1) You (and petebenisshek) assume more than you know

2) I spent 21 years in Lubbock (so I know what I’ve seen and heard) and was raised that you never build yourself up when you try to tear someone else down. You just look foolish.

3) I have attended several universities, including Texas Tech (twice: as an undergrad and grad student), and worked at four more. I’ve seen many rivalries up close and what they all had in common was mutual respect for each other by both parties involved…

4) I (may) have a different opinion than yours so I’m labeled an “aggie” (see 1 above).

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Does E - M - T stand for HYP - O - CRITE ? ? ?

" so I KNOW what I'VE seen and heard " - followed by - "was raised that YOU never build YOURSELF up " - but, isn't that what you just did ? and all in the same sentence ?? That's called being a hypocrite !!!

I'm not assuming anything here, just reading your pro-aggie, hypocritical posts. If it boasts like an aggie, sounds like an aggie, and makes no sense like a hypocritical aggie, it's probably pro-aggie, but won't come out of the closet !!

You are welcome to your different opinion, even if it is a stupid hypocritical pro-aggie opinion. It's immaterial how old an institution is. And I too have lived in the area for 21 years. It hasn't caused my brain to spout pro-aggie and anti-Tech nonsense.

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petebenisshek

EMT stands for emergency medical technician – I was a licensed EMT on a volunteer fire department years back.

I haven’t put anyone down. I asked a simple question that Mikey851 answered honestly and I appreciated that (you, on the other hand, responded with “Bite the big one” – or is my pointing that out “putting you down”).

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