July 17, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Texas A

USC Football Never Had a Deal With Texas A&M For Series in 2015 and 2016

The talk this morning had been around the Texas A&M and USC series in 2015 and 2016 being called off due to the impact of the SEC schedule on the Aggies, which forced them to also cancel a series with Oregon. But back it up a little bit; a USC spokesman has told Gary Klein of the LA Times that there was never a deal in the first place.

Steve Lopes, USC’s chief operating officer, said Friday that he had preliminary discussions with Texas A&M several years ago, but “they never progressed past the point of preliminary discussions and there never was a contract between the two schools.”

In a stark contrast to the news of Texas A&M’s scheduling development, Oregon senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens tweeted that the Ducks had not been contacted by A&M over the dropping of their games in 2017 and 2018, as it’s since been reported that the Aggies are still set to play UO.

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For USC, it’s an interesting twist to the now dramatic twist of the schedule, though it raises questions. First, if USC never had a finalized deal with Texas A&M, why allow it to become common knowledge through assumption? And secondly, if there was never a contract, why hasn’t USC stuck a deal with another school to fill those dates?

It’s been two years since A&M decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, which is ample timing for either of the questions to be answered.

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