At the SEC Media Days today, Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel said that not playing Texas every year is “upsetting.”
“It’s different not playing Texas every year. Not playing that game is upsetting. I loved watching that game. Lot of history there,” Manziel said.
Since Manziel was born in Tyler, Texas in 1992, the Aggies and Longhorns have played 19 times. Overall, the two schools have met 118 times dating back to 1894, with Texas leading the overall series 76-37-5.
But the two schools haven’t played since 2011 and currently have no future games scheduled against each other. And it doesn’t appear that the status of the series will change anytime soon.
And barring a postseason bowl match-up between Texas A&M and Texas, “Johnny Football” will likely never take the field against the Longhorns, as he will probably enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
In his redshirt season, Manziel did watch from the sidelines as Texas A&M fell to Texas 27-25 in College Station. That game on Nov. 24, 2011 was the last meeting between the bitter in-state rivals.
Earlier this year, Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds said that the Longhorns “get to decide” when they play Texas A&M again.
“They left (the Big 12),” Dodds said. “They’re the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that’s fair. If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don’t want to. It’s overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there’s got to be a period where things get different. I think there’s too many hard feelings.
“I think we’ll play sometime. I don’t know when it will happen or how it will happen, but I’m sure it will happen.”
Hoping to jump start discussions between the two schools, Ryan Guillen, a Democratic representative from House District 31 in Texas, introduced a house bill in January to require an annual football game between Texas and Texas A&M. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Higher Education on Feb. 18, 2013.