Their marriage made too much sense for it to not be official. Trevor Knight is Texas A&M's new starting quarterback.
Knight, a graduate transfer, went into last offseason hoping to take hold of Oklahoma's new offense and propel the program back to the promised land, upsetting the insurgent TCU-Baylor rebellion and restoring the Sooners to their near annual home atop the Big 12 standings. Instead, he spent the 2015 season watching Baker Mayfield do exactly that. The Texas Tech transfer became a scrambling, fist-pumping, screaming, playoff-bound sensation.
Knight got one on-field opportunity when Mayfield suffered a head injury. The Sooners nearly squandered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead and needed to bat down a two-point conversion pass attempt to survive to beat TCU. A few weeks later, Knight revealed his intention to transfer.
Texas A&M's 2015 season, now that it had a proven defensive coordinator in John Chavis, was full of promise. There were hopes that Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray might execute the precarious waltz atop a tightrope that is one team quarterbacked by a rotation of two underclassmen behind center.
A 5-0 start gave way to three blowout losses in the next month and a humbling 8-5 season that ended with a loss to Louisville in the Music City Bowl. Both Allen and Murray bolted College Station before the bowl even happened (Allen to Houston, Murray to Oklahoma), leaving the Aggies without a real answer at quarterback after a season with two promising five-star prospects on the roster.
This season will be one to watch at Texas A&M as Knight attempts to rehabilitate his image as a serviceable college quarterback and Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin tries to prove he can win in the SEC without a party-loving freelancer named Johnny Manziel terrorizing defenses in the backfield.
Knight has done everything he can for now, making Sumlin buck his usual tradition of naming a starter in fall camp (even Johnny Football didn't get that nod until two weeks before the Aggies' 2012 opener). Sumlin gave the job to Knight over junior Jake Hubenak on Monday after spring practice concluded with the Aggies' spring scrimmage on Saturday.
Knight's career at Oklahoma was marked by a lack of development, a lack of accuracy and a lack of consistency. Sumlin and Knight are united by at least one thing: When you beat Alabama and do so soundly, people start to believe in you.
Maybe too much.
Expectations for Sumlin skyrocketed after the Aggies knocked off Bama on the way to Manziel's Heisman Trophy in 2012. When Knight closed 2013 with a shocking Bama beatdown and four gorgeous touchdown passes in the Sugar Bowl, he spent the offseason answering questions about how he could win the Heisman in 2014.
Neither has come close to meeting expectations since then, but regardless of what Knight offers on the field, he's already provided Sumlin something he sorely needed since Manziel's exit (and perhaps even when he was on campus).
"His on-field performance this spring along with his leadership earned him the starting job," Sumlin said in Monday's release.
Knight didn't earn much love from Oklahoma fans since that night in New Orleans, but you'll never hear anyone inside OU's locker room offer anything but the most glowing reviews of Knight as a teammate and leader.
Even when it appeared evident that Mayfield would be OU's starting quarterback, it was Knight representing the program at Big 12 Media Days. He smiled and answered questions, while Mayfield saw his stock skyrocket and Knight's plummeted. You don't have to watch much of Mayfield's 2015 highlight reel to see Knight celebrating alongside him on the sideline.
The Aggies are much more used to their backup quarterbacks sulking and being suspended, whether it was Murray, Allen or Kenny Hill, who is now at TCU.
Knight might not be the on-field answer that finally gets Sumlin and the Aggies back on track and closer to those expectations from the Alabama win that are still felt today. Texas A&M's offense might not be the one that cures Knight's consistency and accuracy issues.
But Knight will stabilize the program, at least for the rest of the offseason, and instead of watching he'll get to spend his last year in college football playing -- and doing so for a big program with lots of talent around him.
Not long ago, neither side would have liked to see this marriage happen, but it's one that will leave both sides better off than where they were at the end of the 2015 season.