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All or nothing for future of Tech-A&M rivalry

Posted: February 6, 2012 - 7:09pm  |  Updated: February 7, 2012 - 1:23am
Texas center Clint Chapman, right, dunks the ball against Texas Tech forward Robert Lewandowski, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Chapman led all scorers with 20 points. Texas won 74-57. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)  Michael Thomas
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Texas center Clint Chapman, right, dunks the ball against Texas Tech forward Robert Lewandowski, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Chapman led all scorers with 20 points. Texas won 74-57. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
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Fans of the Texas Tech-Texas A&M rivalry won’t see the two schools facing off in any sport for the foreseeable future — and maybe even longer than that.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Monday that the Red Raiders won’t schedule the Aggies in any sport unless the two schools commit to compete in every sport. That was the consensus among Texas Tech coaches, Hocutt said.

“We discussed it with all our head coaches,” Hocutt said, “and that’s something we as an athletic department and we as a group of coaches feel strongly about at this time.”

Texas A&M will leave the Big 12 to join the Southeastern Conference in July.

Hocutt said he’s had conversations with A&M athletic director Bill Byrne about future scheduling opportunities, but Hocutt doesn’t see any Tech-A&M games happening “any time soon.”

“Our football schedule is set for the next two years,” Hocutt said. “We’ll see if anything happens in the near future. But if down the road they’re interested in having that conversation, we would be willing to engage in it as well.”

Texas A&M women’s basketball coach Gary Blair — a Tech alum — said Wednesday that he doesn’t want to see the rivalry end. His Aggies were in town for the final time as a Big 12 rival last week.

“It doesn’t have to be the last time,” Blair said after A&M downed Tech 67-55. “If y’all want to play, we’ll sign a contract tonight. Hopefully when the dust settles, the egos will be put aside and we can keep playing each other.”

Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry responded, acknowledging that future meetings weren’t likely to happen.

“I’ll let my administration decide,” Curry said Wednesday. “I’m sure that’s going to be made as a collective decision across the university. I can tell you right now that I have no plans to play because that’s the position I think Texas Tech is going to take on it right now.”

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce estimated in 2005 that approximately $12 million was spent in Lubbock businesses when Tech hosted A&M for a football game.

“Any time you lose those games it’s unfortunate,” Hocutt said. “And it’s unfortunate that they’re not going to be in our league as we move forward. But that’s water under the bridge and if the rivalry can be resumed at some point in the future, then that would be considered at that time.”

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Guess You Get What You Dreamed For

The Aggies have disappeared to somewhere east of the state line where they will never be heard from again. They have, of their own volition, become irrelevant in the only place that matters to them. A place called Texas.

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Guess You Get What You Dream For

@FactsRFacts. Dream on Skippy. Look who talking "revelance" these days:)

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Guess you get what you dreamed for

well FactsRFacts and TT, bye

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facts that is the smartest

facts that is the smartest thing i have seen you do on here and that is run the aggies off. I'm not sure if "rickerry" is confusing revelie with lassie with relevance...amazing, its hard to think like aggies do.

BTW I like this move not crumbling to aggie's wishes to cheerypick what games to play and in what sport. Let aggie fill up its schedules outside of TX. Its going to hurt them in recruiting in all sports, family & friends will be less likely to attend with fewer local games.

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good riddance to a&m

hopefully $12 million will be spent in Lubbock businesses when west virginia and tcu come to town. a&m can be replaced.

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horse hockey

Losing rivalries like those lost involving A&M and Mizzou is just sad for all. The greater good has been lost to the likes of ESPN, Rick Perry types and leaders like Hance who march to the beat of billionaires and PR.

As for Tech, the all sports excuse is horse hockey. Tech will not play A&M because Hance will not risk exposing his ongoing nightmare to losses. For more than a decade, A&M recruiting rankings were lightyears ahead of Tech, but we manage to beat them consistently. Those days are gone and not playing them in the sport that drives the conference changes is just chicken excuse making if based on Hocutt's BS. Why can't he keep his head down and stay quiet like he did for his last U.

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Hey facts I thought you ran

Hey facts I thought you ran off all the aggies? Looks like lodotx and his horse sense hasn't bought in taken your bait. Let me help you out lodo, I know you think it's all about you but don't kid yourself. You are completely wrong. Not only is tech not playing aggie in ALL sports... So are most of if not all the other big12 schools including Texas. As much as you would like to think its ONLY hance & TT .. You might want to call out OU, UT, TCU, TT, OSU... Looks to me like the biggest loser in this whole deal other than aggie is you lodotx. You really can follow them closely on gigem.com...they would love to hear your little negative attitude about bill Byrne, loftin and their BOR

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Hey facts I thought you ran

Hey facts I thought you ran off all the aggies? Looks like lodotx and his horse sense hasn't bought in & taken your bait. Let me help you out lodo, I know you think it's all about you but don't kid yourself. You are completely wrong. Not only is tech not playing aggie in ALL sports... So are most of if not all the other big12 schools including Texas. As much as you would like to think its ONLY hance & TT .. You might want to call out OU, UT, TCU, TT, OSU... Looks to me like the biggest loser in this whole deal other than aggie is you lodotx. You really can follow them closely on gigem.com...they would love to hear your negative little attitude about bill Byrne, loftin and their BOR

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Aggies are just mad because

Aggies are just mad because no cares that they left. They were replaced without question and we moved on. The Big 12 will continue with our traditions while aggies become the bottom feeders of the $EC

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oh william

So the answer is that everyone else will avoid playing A&M too. A robot, party line approach? Go figure, and coming from a Hancer, big surprise!

Folks at both schools want to see football between UT and A&M, and between Tech and A&M. If they say they don't, they lack genuine loyalty. UT is to blame for their greed and "national" ego, and if our Austin lawyer/lobbyist had best interests in mind, he would have stood up to UT.

I will root for A&M next season to beat out of state schools, as I always have. Same could be said for my support of UT and TCU. Unlike all of those schools though, only Tech stands out as the weak sibling who snatches defeat from jaws of success.

If A&M football has an open date and requests Texas Tech to play on a home and home, William run to your room and cry for mommy and daddy because not playing them is total chicken poop no matter what the excuse!

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Building A Weak Reputation

TCU is really looking forward to Tech visiting FW this season. And it is not so much because they are excited to be in the BIG 10/12, but because Texas Tech weazled out of playing them (not our players mind you, just the new regime bailed out on an agreement to play TCU). Let's just hope that doesn't come back to haunt us, as we ended up losing the early UT game justifying the cancellation, and the Bobcats may be able to overcome a 10-7 halftime score at home in San Marcos. So here we go again, extending that reputation in Fort Worth southward to College Station. At least they freaking respected us before this (as recently as our position that Tech would not agree to play its football game on the Longhorn Network). And to blame everything on A&M going to the SEC is foolish knowing what we know about the Longhorn Network and ESPN. No surprise Tech sided with the evil empire and mothership.

A&M will forever have this over us, that we hid behind some lame excuse that we could only play football if all sports played one another, which sounds as lame as the very arrogant UT excuse of "we're booked through 2018, sorry" (say with arrogantly clinched teeth). All fans will miss out if Deloss Dodds and Kent Hance level egos win the day.

Anyone else tired of ESPN selling the Longhorn Network during every single game? When they get their way, and money talks, Tech will regret not standing up to UT and ESPN. Let's play A&M in football and let FOX or CBS, or perhaps a new network, take that one on a long term contract for $$$ (let's compete with them in recruiting and on the field, even with TCU in the mix). Screw UT and ESPN, and shame on Tech for its position on A&M, especially if it means playing boring and meaningless opponents.

If we won't play A&M, Rice wants to play us. I speculate that their band, known for its clever humor, can reenact some Texas Tech chem lab work. My guess is they want to explode with sound and fire up the audience. That is the humor karma will subject us.

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aggie logic is always fun to try to understand

This whole argument about the evil Longhorns and their network is rediculous. Fact is Texas offered the dumb aggies a 50/50 network and yall shot it down. We then went in by ourselves. The sooners are starting their own network and I dont see you spouting hatred about them. Florida has its own "gator" network and you say nothing about them. I didnt see the aggies putting up a fit when the Nebraska and Colorado left and OU, Texas, and Aggie got the largest share of the money, and would get the largest amount of money from the new t.v. contracts. Stop this rediculous argument of the evil Longhorns taking all the money and running the Big 12 in the ground. Aggie logic is stupid. Why cant you see that no one likes you, no one likes that you ran to SEC and abandoned the conference, and therefore you stupid college is being punished by the rest of the members of the BIg 12 by not playing you. Your college is fully responsible for its actions, act like adults and accept it. Go annoy some SEC fans, TTU,Texas, and OU have grown tired of you.

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LOL wow...lodotxA&M i have no

LOL wow...lodotxA&M i have no idea where to start with this but you really are like talking to a bag of rocks. Why dont you go ahead and head out to vegas on your bicycle and put some $$$ where your big mouth is since you seem to know it all. Dude you make about ZERO sense. You just ramble from one thought to another. Most people deal with facts...you deal with fiction. You dont like one thing about texas tech on here or in sports.....why are you a fan? You think you are some type of judge over every articel or every administrator....dude, this isn't the gong show. Noone cares about you or your negative thoughts. Like aggie says you are a 2% fan. 98% are good and root for their team. You are just out there whining and complaining about everything...realignment, coaches, players, administrators, writers, articles, hance....on and on and on

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A&M decision

I am not an aggie fan . . . however, i respect their decision to move to a conference where it is share and share alike. For the folks thinking the big 12 is such a great place - consider that there will be about $12 - $15 million of exit fees coming in this year and tu will take about 40% of it. Why? Because they demanded a bigger share of everything and got it. A&M stood up and said - "no more, big 12 is not the only conference, goodbye." I suspect other big 12 schools are shopping for conferences with equitable treatment of all schools and I personally hope Tech is one of them. And before folks start slinging flames - remember these are posted as opinions :-)

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