Texas AD to A&M: Our schedule is full

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry appears to be over.

Or, at the very least, suspended.

Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds sent an email to his counterpart Bill Byrne at Texas A&M to let him know that Texas' nonconference schedule was full through 2018.

"In my e-mail to Bill Byrne, I wrote that we were not in a position now to look at future football scheduling," Dodds said. "We're scheduled out with nonconference games through 2018 and our Big 12 schedule is not yet settled. What we have right now is a full schedule but if any future options are available, the decision will not be made by just one person."

Texas A&M will start competing in the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

Even with that move, Byrne told the Houston Chronicle that Texas A&M has always been open to continuing the 117-year-old rivalry with Texas. But Byrne told the paper that door had been closed by Dodds when he told him Texas' nonconference schedule was full through 2018.

Texas had publicly been noncommittal when it came to continuing the tradition of playing Texas A&M on the traditional Thanksgiving date. Other schools, such as Notre Dame, have been floated as possible replacements for Texas A&M.

The last scheduled meeting between Texas and Texas A&M is set for Nov. 24 in College Station.

Carter Strickland covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation.