FAYETTEVILLE ó Arkansas and Texas Tech have had discussions about playing each other in a nonconference series that would begin in 2014.
RedRaiderSports.com first reported the possibility of the home-and-home series Monday, with the first game likely played in Lubbock, Texas, in 2014 with the second at Arkansas in 2015. A blog post from the Dallas Morning News also indicated there was a "faint rumor" the teams will meet for the nonconference series earlier this week.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema erased the "rumor" Tuesday, confirming the possibility during an appearance on "Sports Talk With Bo Mattingly."
"Iíve been engaged with that talk,Ē Bielema said. "There has been a lot of hesitation since Iíve been here because we havenít gotten the 2014 SEC schedule. Until that kind of gets finalized and í15 gets finalized, we canít move forward. But there are a lot of interesting possibilities out there Ė some things that I know will excite our fan base in more than one way.Ē
Arkansas and Texas Tech haven't met since 1991. It was Arkansas' final season in the Southwest Conference.
The series would add an intriguing nonconference opponent to Arkansas' 2014 schedule, which also is the first season for college football's four-team playoff. Both programs will be led by first-year coaches next season. Texas Tech hired Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury to replace Tommy Tuberville after the 2012 season.
"When you're projecting a couple of years out, you have to factor in what you believe (the opponent) can be," Bielema said on the radio show. "The best thing is to try to take care of what services Arkansas best. You take into account fan base, history and some things that would give flavor to your schedule you can't find in the SEC."
ó Robbie Neiswanger ē Arkansas News Bureau