It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is inevitably going to have to answer questions about his desire to rekindle Texas’ rivalry with Texas A&M.
“I would love to play Texas A&M,” Strong said Monday. “You look at two in-state rivals, it’s a big-time game for us. I would love for it to happen but a lot of things would have to work out for that to happen. But you look at a Thanksgiving Day game, you would love to see that happen.”
The two bitter rivals haven’t played each other in football since Nov. 24, 2011 when Justin Tucker nailed a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give UT a 27-25 victory.
The Longhorns lead the all-time series 76-37-5.
Texas and Texas A&M will meet on the basketball court on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
A bit later on during his weekly Monday press conference Strong seemed to take a subtle jab at the Aggies when he answered a question about whether or not he feels like the commitment is being made to get UT back on track.
It should be noted that many believe that Texas’ facilities need to be upgraded. A&M recently upgraded theirs, which includes a barbershop.
“You think about it, I know so much has been made about what you don’t have,” Strong said. “I come from programs, if you look at our facilities just throw some paint on the wall. We are going to be fine. It’s not like you are going to walk in to our facilities and say that we are so far behind. What are we behind on? Because we don’t have a barbershop in our locker room? I’m guessing, I don’t know.”
Even though the rivalry isn’t being played out on the field it is still very much alive on the recruiting trail. For Strong, it’s about recruiting the person and not selling them on the flashy facilities.
“When you recruit, it’s about recruiting character and about recruiting young men that want to be here,” he said. “Recruiting wise, a lot of players aren’t in to the flash. Some players are, some players aren’t. If you are into the flash this might not be the place for you. But I can tell you this, they will have a chance to walk out into a stadium with a big-time crowd.
“We are at the University of Texas. The commitment is here. It’s about us getting it right and doing our part also. “