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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