Texas A&M and SMU have different conference goals

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This Sunday’s game rekindles a rivalry that spanned for decades when the two teams were in the Southwest Conference. The teams have met just once since the conference disbanded in 1995, a 66-8 victory by the Aggies in 2005.

Orsini says if SMU were to replace A&M in the Big 12, it would allow the conference to gain a footprint in another major media market (Dallas) and bring back some regional matchups that were lost when the Southwest Conference ended.

“Regionalism is important,” Orsini said. “I think that’s a sign of strength, a sign of stability. Can you imagine if this great Southwest region didn’t have a top-tier athletic conference? Meaning, look at what’s happening to our current conference. One went West, one’s gone to the Midwest and one may go to the Southeast. You know what? This region deserves a great athletics conference and we would add that stability.”

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AP Sports Writer Jaime Aron contributed to this report from Dallas.

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