UA-Texas A&M Series

FAYETTEVILLE — After months of negotiations, it appears Arkansas and Texas A&M have finalized a deal for the two schools to start a football series in 2009 in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium.

The Cowboys are expected to announce the deal at a news conference at 9 a.m. Monday, The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram both reported in their Saturday editions.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said Saturday that he was aware of the newspaper reports, but he said a deal with Texas A&M has not been finalized just yet.

"We're still working on the A&M series," Long said. "... We're getting close."

Long wasn't specific on what had to be ironed out before the deal could be completed.

The two schools have been in discussions for months, and Cowboys owner and Arkansas alum Jerry Jones spoke openly about the series when the Razorbacks were in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl in late December.

"We're talking daily about this matter with both schools," Jones told reporters during a Dec. 28 news conference.

Arkansas would have to alter its 2009 schedule with the addition of the Texas A&M series. The Razorbacks would be under contract to play 13 games during that season, one more than the NCAA allows.

The Austin American-Statesman reported in late February that Arkansas has asked to postpone its game against Texas in Reynolds Razorback Stadium from 2009 until at least 2014. Long called the report "a little bit premature" at the time.

"Should the Texas A&M series come to fruition, we will have 13 games in 2009, so therefore we will have to look at our current nonconference games that year," Long said during a Feb. 25 news conference. "Texas is one of those (opponents)."

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