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Texas Longhorns prioritise Dubai game over A&M rivalry

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The teams haven't played since 2011
The teams haven't played since 2011.

The rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and fellow lone star state school, Texas A&M is one of the most fierce in all of college football.

The two programs have contested no less than 118 games dating back to 1898, but there has been no game since 2011 when Texas A&M left Big 12 Conference to join the SEC.

And while fans of both schools would love nothing more than to reignite the famous rivalry, current Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson is more interested in adding overseas games to future Texas schedules:

"There's a lot of great tradition with Texas A&M. At some point in time, does it make some business sense, some branding sense to play again? I don't know," Patterson told ESPN.com.

"It's not at the top of my list. I'm really more focused on how we grow the footprint of the department," he continued.

The University of Texas are certainly a valuable commodity, having been ranked no.1 in a Forbes list of most valuable football programs recently, and Patterson is thought to be investigating potential games everywhere from Mexico City to Dubai.

"Houston is the center of the world in terms of the gas industry. A lot of those alums spend time in the Middle East, and Dubai is a place that wants to use sports to help put itself on the map. So we'll have some conversations, and we'll see where they lead," the Texas AD revealed. 

So for now at least it seems a Longhorns-Aggies rematch might have to wait, unless the two school meet in a Bowl game in the next few years.

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