Arkansas, Texas Talk About Renewing Rivalry

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas fans could have their wish come true after all.

Officials from Arkansas and Texas have discussed the possibility of renewing their long-running football rivalry, Arkansas assistant athletic director Kevin Trainor confirmed Tuesday.

Trainor refused to say when the two teams could play each other, but a report in Tuesday's edition of the Austin American-Statesman said Arkansas and Texas will soon announce a home-and-home series for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

No deal has been finalized, but it's beginning to look like the Razorbacks and Longhorns will renew their rivalry that dates back to 1894. The rivalry includes the classic Game of the Century in 1969 and continued into the now-defunct Southwest Conference.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt was asked during a speaking engagement in Little Rock on Tuesday about the possibility of facing Texas. His answer gave Razorbacks fans reason to be optimistic that a deal might get done in the near future.

"I'm not supposed to (talk about it), but evidently it's out," Nutt said. "... I was told by (athletic director) coach (Frank) Broyles and (executive associate athletic director) Bill Gray not to say anything. And I've already been asked three times since I walked in this room."

The Austin American-Statesman reported that Texas has had "international conversations" about scheduling a game with Arkansas every year in Dallas, presumably at a new stadium being built for the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

Arkansas has not played Texas in football since a 22-20 loss at Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Sept. 11, 2004. That game ended a home-and-home series which the two teams split.

Arkansas officials have hoped to renew the rivalry with Texas for some time, but scheduling a game always seemed too difficult.

Before the Razorbacks beat the Longhorns 27-6 in the 2000 Cotton Bowl, Nutt and Texas coach Mack Brown said that they'd like to keep the series going but it would be a hard game for each school.

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