The Longhorns will join the SEC in 2024, largely against TAMU’s wishes. McElroy believes the Aggies need to drop the “inferiority complex” and play football.
The discussion of future SEC schedules is a lively one as the Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners set their sights on the conference next year. Those additions have caused a mix-up in scheduling across the league.
While the conference has opted to stick to its eight-game slate, they will soon do away with the East and West divisions. They’ll also try to even out the competitive balance of the league, rotate opponents more frequently, and preserve rivalries in its scheduling attempts.
One of those rivalries includes Texas and TAMU.
While the two foes haven’t played since the Aggies left the Big XII, the game is considered one of the more heated in the Lone Star State. The SEC opted to add Texas without Texas A&M’s approval (not that they would’ve gotten it), essentially forcing the Ags to continue the series with their archnemesis.
In response, Texas A&M reportedly pushed for the first meeting between the rivals to take place in Kyle Field. They’ll apparently get their wish in the ’24 season, despite the fact that the last meeting was played in College Station.
Greg McElroy had a message for the school and it’s “inferiority complex” when it comes to Texas.
“So doesn’t that mean that the next iteration of Texas against Texas A&M should be played in Austin? That’s the way I see it,” McElroy said. “At the same time, ‘Well, you just brought in our big rival to the conference so you should get us a make good, and you should play the game in our backyard.’ I don’t agree with that.
“Stop playing this inferiority complex,” he said. “Stop. Here’s what I would say if I were Texas A&M: I would say anytime, anyplace, anywhere we’ll play the Longhorns, we’re just glad to have the rivalry back. And we’ll stomp on them when we get our opportunity.”
Fans have been quick to comment on the upcoming game, with many saying that the Aggies “cried their way to a home game.”
McElroy certainly has a point, and it could make it even sweeter for the Longhorns if they win that first matchup in Kyle Field. Texas leads the all-time series by an advantage of 69-36-4, including winning the last game in College Station.
The Longhorns haven’t joined the SEC yet, but this rivalry is already getting spicy.