Aggie-Longhorn Rivalry Alive at Houston Regional Baseball
Texas and Texas A&M players and coaches have spent sufficient time the past few days explaining that the team in the other dugout didn’t matter. It’s about baseball, they said; any rivalry talk is secondary to taking care of business.
But actions speak louder than words.
One simple gesture late Sunday night illustrated that point.
For a few hours on Friday then a few more on Sunday, the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry showed itself to be alive and well at Reckling Park, where the teams clashed twice in the Houston Regional of the NCAA baseball championship. The Aggies and Longhorns will do so one more time at 7 p.m. ET Monday on ESPNU to decide who moves on to the super regionals.
In many ways, it’s poetic that the Houston Regional comes down to these two.
Texas and Texas A&M, longtime rivals separated by 100 miles, are standing on opposite sides of a seemingly uncloseable gap created by Texas A&M’s Big 12 exit and subsequent entry into the SEC.
The Lone Star State’s flagship universities hadn’t met in any of the “big three” sports — football, basketball or baseball — since the split until the NCAA selection committee brought them together Friday afternoon to kick off a wild weekend of baseball.
In a storybook turn of events, they meet again Monday to decide the winner of the region.
How they got to this point is a compelling story unto itself.