The State Legislature Will Consider Requiring UT and A&M to Play Each Other in Football

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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."

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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Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Hey Rep Guillen, how about y'all worry about school spending, road fixing, Planned parenthood stuff, and maybe get us some casino's in our Great State before you worry so much about the U of T vs Aggs game. 

Sincerely, Everyone of voting age

DavyCrockett
DavyCrockett

I gave my life for this? What a damn waste.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Why not focus on something say like...making sure our public schools are well funded...

Douglas Bentley
Douglas Bentley

So much for Rep being for Small Govt and staying out of the public

David Indorf
David Indorf

I truly hope this was done tongue in cheek. I'm as big a sports fan as anyone else, but there are far greater issues plaguing our state than the lack of a football game. And oh by the way, I don't know the collegiate loyalties in Rio Grande City, but I guess Rep. Guillen isn't worried about support from SMU, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Rice, etc.

Matt White
Matt White

What a waste of taxpayer money! Sounds like some bullshit Perry-Pooh came up with...

John Haughey
John Haughey

If it's as much a tradition, then why aren't we required to wear cowboy boots and eat barbeque?

Phil Banker
Phil Banker

One of the highest rates of uninsured people in the country and this is what the State Legislature wastes its time on. We don't deserve home rule.

Rix1
Rix1

Way to waste the legislature's time!

poppacraig
poppacraig

I love this state, really I do, but sometimes I just want to lie and say I am from somewhere less embarrassing. We KNOW that football causes irreversible brain damage. We KNOW that the culture of sports worship harms students, leads to fraud, sexual abuse and creates an entitled poorly educated group of students. Yet instead of spending time and money to move ourselves away from this antiquated and ignorant tradition we are making sure that one group of semi-literate goons has a chance to pound on a different one

theslowpath
theslowpath

@DavyCrockett Technically you fought a battle, surrendered at the end along with three others, and then were unceremoniously executed despite the protestations of Santa Ana's underling generals. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Rix1 At least it keeps them from doing anything that could have serious damaging effects.


There is a reason why they are allowed to meet only in odd numbered years for 140 days.

NewsDog
NewsDog

@Rix1 This is actually somewhat reasonable compared to most of what they do.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@poppacraig It does not add a game.  It simply directs  location of a game already on schedule.  As far of as creating a group of self-important, semi-literate students, it will be one of many at the campus, a mosaic of similar groups that are the majority on most campuses.  Football is no different.

poppacraig
poppacraig

@MikeWestEast

The only way you could think football is no different is if you have never set foot on a HS or college campus in TX.

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