SEC Media Days: Sumlin Prefers Arkansas-Texas A&M To Remain Home-and-home

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2012 2:48 pm  

Arkansas and Texas A&M will play home-and-home the next two years. Aggies Coach Kevin Sumlin would like it to remain that way. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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Arkansas travels to Kyle Field for a game with Texas A&M this season. Next year the game is scheduled to be in Fayetteville at Razorback Stadium.

Aggies Coach Kevin Sumlin would prefer the series remain home-and-home. He’s not in favor of the game returning to the neutral site where it has been played the three previous seasons.

Arkansas-A&M off campus made sense when the teams were non-conference opponents. They signed a 10-year deal that began in 2008 and played three games in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, before the Aggies joined the SEC.

For at least the first two years A&M is in its new league, the game will be home-and-home.

"I enjoy playing in Jerry World as much as the next guy, but I’d rather it be home-and-home,” Sumlin said, referring to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, when asked his preference. Sumlin was quick to point out his opinion wasn’t the ultimate factor in the decision.

School administrators and officials from the stadium are likely involved in the negotiations. But if it was totally up to Sumlin, he’d keep it home and home.

Offensive lineman Luke Joeckel said he had no preference. He liked the game at Cowboys Stadium because he played high school football in Arlington.

Joeckel did say he thought having a home-and-home series would be more beneficial to developing a rivalry.

“We’re excited to bring them on our turf,” wide receiver Ryan Swope said.

Arkansas has been on the Aggies’ turf before, but the last time was 1991 when the two were still part of the Southwest Conference. Seasoned Razorback fans likely remember Kyle Field as a tough spot to play.

Joeckel said it remains that way.

“[Aggie fans] are all about football. They’re not about tailgating or anything like that,” Joeckel said “They’re just about the football game.”



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