Hope for the Lone Star Showdown?

There's plenty of fault to go around for the end of the Lone Star Showdown. That's a debate for another day.

For now, though, the guard at Texas A&M is changing, and the battle lines have been drawn, so to speak.

New Aggies athletic director made his thoughts clear on the future of the rivalry with Texas.

In an interview with the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Hyman broached how his strategy at South Carolina compared to what he'll do at Texas A&M.

Hyman said it’s too soon to talk about what A&M’s nonconference football scheduling philosophy should be, but added, “First of all, you have to take the SEC.”

At South Carolina, he wanted to play a regional team from the pool of North Carolina State, North Carolina, Virginia or Duke; an instate Football Championship Subdivision team; a lower-tier FBS opponent at home; and the rivalry game against Clemson.

“Across the board, we tried to be balanced,” Hyman said.

He would become a hero if he could get the series with Texas resumed.

“If that’s the right thing to do, then we’ll try to do that,” he said.

Let me help you out: It's the right thing to do.

For now, the ball is in Texas' court. The Longhorns are the ones stonewalling this rivalry right now, but they're also the ones who made it clear that the price of Texas A&M leaving for the SEC would be the state's greatest football rivalry at any level.

The Aggies left anyway. Texas made its stance clear. So did Texas A&M.

The fans of both teams -- and college football -- lost. The sooner that changes, the better.