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Texas A&M Vs. Arkansas Series Likely Won't Return To Arlington, According To Report

The Texas A&M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks are three years into a 10-year contract to play against one another at Cowboys Stadium. The Aggies may be pulling out of the deal and seeking a change in venue.

The Texas A&M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks began a series of games against one another in 2009. The 10-year deal, set to expire in 2018, pits the two teams against one another at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that as the Aggies move into the Southeastern Conference in 2012, the games may see a change of venue:

One official said A&M "never" wants to play Arkansas in Cowboys Stadium again, especially with the two as SEC members. Instead, the former Southwest Conference foes would play a true home-and-home series starting in 2012.

In fact, SEC rules don't allow "neutral" sites for in-conference games, which would make the series at Cowboys Stadium a questionable venue. The Aggies have additional reasons for wanting a change of scenery, as they've come up winless thus far in all three games in the series to date.

According to Chris Bahn of Arkansas Sports 360, the Aggies may be on the hook for a $5 million penalty that comes with breaking the 10-year contract for the series. It's unclear at this point whether Texas A&M will foot the bill, or if SEC rules about neutral sites would make the penalty fee non-applicable.

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