The State Legislature Will Consider Requiring UT and A&M to Play Each Other in Football
This year, for the first time in about a century, the University of Texas and Texas A&M did not meet on the gridiron. With the Aggies now in the SEC, the annual football matchup that fueled the long-standing rivalry is effectively over.
Millions of Texans were sad. Some were outraged. None could do anything to change the cold hard facts of college football economics that led to A&M's exodus from the SEC.
That might not be necessary. Yesterday, state Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, filed HB 778, which would require the two schools to play at least once a year.
"This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbeque," Guillen, an A&M grad, told the Texas Tribune. "The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition."
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The bill doesn't suggest a date for the annual game but does propose a penalty. If either school refused to participate, the state would impose restrictions on athletic scholarships.
Kudos for Guillen for having the cojones to tackle an issue of such vital public importance. Expect a companion bill in the near future requiring Johnny Manziel to be Guillen's drinking buddy.
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