Add Charlie Strong to the list of powerful voices that want Texas and Texas A&M to resume their now-defunct football rivalry. While talking with Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, Strong addressed the game, and his belief that it will happen again.
“It’s all about the two ADs getting together and getting that figured out,” Strong said. “When you look at it, it’s been such a huge rivalry game. … I think at some point it will get worked out.
“When there’s been so much tradition there, you’d like to see it continue on. That’s my feeling on it. I’d love to play it.”
Considering Strong’s coaching career, it’s little surprise that he’s in favor of the contest. While at Florida he coached in one of the nation’s premiere out-of-conference rivalry games, UF-FSU, at the height of its prestige. With Notre Dame, he was part of a program that eschewed cupcake schedules in favor of traditional match-ups. Suffice to say, the man knows his way around a good rivalry game.
If Strong’s advocacy for the rivalry wasn’t enough to turn heads, his suggestion of where to hold the contest surely is.
“You’d like to play it in a neutral site somewhere, where every year it’s in that spot, whether it’s Houston or Dallas,” Strong said.
Imagine the Longhorns playing two games per year in the greater Dallas area: Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl (Cotton Bowl tickets) and A&M at JerryWorld. One can only hope that school officials will hammer out the details, and that Strong’s wish comes to fruition.