UA Postpones Texas Game From 2009 to 2015

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas fans will have to wait a few more years to watch Texas play a football game in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

In a move that has been expected for several weeks, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced Friday that the school has postponed its home game against Texas from 2009 until 2015.

The change was made so the Razorbacks could fit a game against Texas A&M in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium into their 2009 schedule.

Arkansas and Texas A&M have agreed to a 10-year deal to play each other every season, starting in 2009. Each school is expected to make around $5 million per game.

"With the addition of Texas A&M, we had 13 games scheduled for the 2009 season and were required to move one non-conference game on our schedule," Long said in a statement released through the university Friday evening.

"While it is unfortunate that we will have to postpone the return game in the Texas series, we felt that it was important to seize the window of opportunity to secure a long-term series with Texas A&M."

Arkansas will travel to Austin this upcoming season to face Texas on Sept. 13, 2008. But it could be awhile before Texas returns the favor and plays in Fayetteville.

Long said he'll look at ways of scheduling a home game against the Longhorns before 2015. In the meantime, no date has been set for when the game in 2015 will take place.

Friday's announcement didn't come as a surprise. The Austin American-Statesman reported in late February that Long had contacted Texas about postponing the 2009 game.

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