“Us not playing A&M is not good for college football . . . We need to play each other," he said on Friday.
The teams met in 97 consecutive seasons from 1915-2011 before Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC after the 2011 season. Since the Aggies' departure, fans have been clamoring for the series' renewal, though that doesn't appear imminent, partly due to logistics.
Del Conte and new Texas A&M athletics director Ross Bjork both conceded during The Texas Tribune Festival on Friday the series won't be renewed anytime soon because both teams' non-conference schedules are full for several years.
"At some point, I have to think the contracts will lineup, and we'll play," Del Conte said last year. "But until then, I have to do what's best for the University of Texas."