FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Texas and Texas Tech have discussed continuing the schools’ rivalry in all sports long after the Longhorns officially leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told A-J Media Friday.
Hocutt told the Lubbock newspaper that discussions centered around a 20- to 25-year agreement.
“We have received affirmation from the leadership at the University of Texas that they agree that would be a positive thing,” Hocutt told the paper, “and have pledged that they will work that out with us in terms of future schedule.”
Chris Del Conte, Texas’ athletic director, declined comment to reporters at the Longhorns’ game against Texas.
Tech has played Texas every year in football since 1959, the year the Red Raiders joined the Southwest Conference.
Playing Texas annually, particularly in football, would mitigate at least some of the financial loss Tech would potentially face after the Longhorns and Oklahoma exit the Big 12. Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12 commissioner, has said that Texas and OU account for approximately half of the league’s revenues. Replacing the state powerhouses with BYU, Houston, Cincinnati and UCF, which were formally welcomed Friday to the Big 12, is unlikely to make up for that loss.
Big game crowd: Saturday’s crowd of 74,531 at Razorback Stadium was the ninth-largest in its history and the first sellout there since 2017. The streak includes home games against LSU and Alabama.
SEC boss looking for “respectful” exit/entrance: Greg Sankey, SEC commissioner, told the Austin American-Statesmanthat he expects an “orderly, respectful transition” for Texas and Oklahoma, but he offered no opinion as to when the two might join the SEC. Both schools have indicated they will remain until 2025. As for everyone playing nice until then, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby fired a shot over the bow Friday. Asked his personal opinion of the acceptance of BYU, Houston, Cincinnati and UCF, he said, “Speaking purely on a personal level, I enjoy working with people that I trust, that I like and that I know share the values that I have for intercollegiate athletics.”
Open QB competition? Casey Thompson played a mop-up role at quarterback in Texas’ opening win over Louisiana, but he got more time against Arkansas and made the most of it. Thompson started the fourth quarter after Hudson Card completed just 8-of-15 passes for 61 yards and a single touchdown in the first three quarters. Thompson led the Longhorns on a touchdown drive on his first possession.
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