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Arkansas, Texas could resume series in 2008, '09

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas might start playing Texas again in
football.

Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt was speaking at the Little Rock
Touchdown Club on Tuesday when an audience member said he had heard
on the radio that Arkansas' series with the Longhorns would resume.
Nutt was asked if he could comment.

"I'm not supposed to, but evidently it's out," Nutt said,
drawing a laugh. "I was told by (athletic director Frank) Broyles
and (executive associate athletic director) Bill Gray not to say
nothing. And I've already been asked three times since I walked in
this room, so y'all know more than I do."

Arkansas and Texas had a fierce rivalry before the Razorbacks
left the Southwest Conference for the Southeastern Conference
before the 1992 season. In 1969, No. 1 Texas beat No. 2 Arkansas
15-14 in front of a Fayetteville crowd that included President
Nixon.

The teams have played three times since Arkansas left the SWC,
most recently in 2004. The Longhorns, who won the national
championship last season, now play in the Big 12.

A columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Texas wrote
Tuesday that the teams will soon announce a home-and-home series
for 2008 and 2009.

A Texas spokesman told The Associated Press he could not confirm
the report. An Arkansas official confirmed that the schools have
been talking about renewing the football series, but said any
official announcement would be made by both schools at the same
time.

Broyles echoed the Arkansas official.

"Whatever we do, if we do it, we'll do it together with Texas --
not independently of each other," Broyles told the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette.