And now there is proof.
If the rivalry was dead than there are two things that I don't think should/would happen. For one--trash talk. Some people might do it for sport, but I would say most don't. They talk smack to someone they don't like.
You know--like a rival or something.
Now I don't think that Texas A&M defensive back Tony Hurd Jr. was looking to shoot a salvo towards Austin, but he certainly did with this tweet:
Texas A&M is the university of Texas.
— Toney Hurd Jr. (@HURDjunior) September 8, 2013
Okay. I can dig it. The way he sees it the Aggies are becoming 'the' school in the state of Texas. Whether he intended it as a slight to the University of Texas I don't know; I haven't heard or seen anything to make it appear that he did.
That doesn't mean that several people will not see it as a slight (just search for 'Tony Hurd' on Twitter). Many have--including the head coach for the University of Texas, Mack Brown.
Wednesday afternoon Kirk Bohls, a sports reporter for the Austin-American Statesman, sent this tweet out:
Mack Brown: "We are the university of Texas in this state and will be, regardless of what some (Texas A&M) kid tweets."
— kbohls (@kbohls) September 11, 2013
Mack Brown has some problems of his own to deal with right now and I am sure the last thing he needed or wanted was a question about the Aggies. However, by answering it he made a pretty big mistake.
The pressure and criticism is getting to him. Why else would he let a simple statement sent out by a young, college football player get to him so much?
Why would it get to him if the rivalry was not alive?
Sometime in the last year Johnny Manziel ruffled a few feathers when he stated the rivalry was dead. To be fair, many folks did agree with him; no game no rivalry.
At the same time there were many that did not.
The rivalry is alive and well. It is something that will never go away. There just isn't a game anymore that gives one school a chance to win bragging rights in the state of Texas.