Texas A&M and Texas have never been on the best of terms. Their rivalry, however, was made more bitter by the Aggies’ exit of the Big 12 to the SEC according to A&M’s former president.
Former Texas A&M president and Missouri chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that former Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds “really wanted to punish Texas A&M.”
Loftin, who led Texas A&M during its move from the Big 12 to the SEC, said that the school has reaped benefits beyond the well-documented financial rewards of changing conferences. In the SEC, the Aggies have finally moved out of the Longhorns’ shadow.
“That freedom from being automatically thought of as No. 2 for Texas A&M has been very meaningful,” Loftin said.
He said those conference tensions also played into bitterness at his new job at Missouri after the Tigers, like Texas A&M, left the Big 12 for the SEC.
Loftin said that his attempts to restore the Kansas-Missouri rivalry in football met resistance from Jayhawks men’s basketball coach Bill Self. He felt that Self was trying to exact “some degree of vengeance” after Missouri left the Big 12.
Self subsequently said he was “shocked” by the comments, as reported by the Lawrence Journal-World.
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