The rivalry between Texas and Texas Tech is not the most famous in college football. It’s not even the most important rivalry in the state of Texas.
Still, the annual showdown between the two teams remains an important game for many people, including the universities themselves.
After all, the two teams have met 70 times, with the Longhorns winning 53 of the clashes, including 17 of the last 21 clashes since the turn of the century.
However, that rivalry was suddenly jeopardized last month when Texas and Oklahoma chose to leave the Big 12 for the SEC – a decision that has since ended, with both schools (at d ‘now) scheduled to make the move no later than 2025.
On Friday, however, according to a report by The Lubbock Avalance-Journal, the annual game between the Longhorns and the Red Raiders was saved, after the two schools agreed, in their direction, to play clashes of the year without lectures at the Longhorns exit for the SEC.
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“We’ve had conversations with the University of Texas about continuing to play them once they come out of the Big 12 conference, every year, in all sports,” Kirby Hocutt, athletic director of Texas Tech, told the Avalance-Journal , “and we have received affirmation from the leadership of the University of Texas that they agree that it would be positive and that they are committed to working with us in terms of future timing.”
As for how long the rivalry will stay alive, Hocutt also had an answer for it, detailing a verbal compromise between 20 and 25 years after Texas headed to its next conference house.
“The conversations I’ve had with my teammate (athletic director) Chris Del Conte of the University of Texas have talked about a 20- to 25-year commitment,” Hocutt said.
As for this season’s rivalry, Texas will welcome Texas Tech to Austin on Sept. 25 to open the Big 12, perhaps the last showdown between the two teams as Big 12 teammates.
But fortunately, just one more crack in the rivalry towards a long future.
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