State Lawmaker trying to make annual matchup happen
If one Texas lawmaker gets his wish, the University of Texas and Texas A&M will be forced to resume their football rivalry.
State Representative Ryan Guillen, an A&M graduate, has filed a bill that would require the Longhorns and Aggies to once again face each other every fall. The schools ended their longtime rivalry before the 2012 season after A&M left the Big 12 conference for the Southeastern Conference.
The schools could be fined or lose scholarships if they don't play, depending on which school resists. Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com told KTRH that UT fans aren't ready for a reunion.
“This was a divorce that Texas did not want. Texas fans are not ready for this,” Brown explained.
Brown says that Guillen is making a good effort, but he doesn't see this passing.
“I tend to think that the political forces will get this one and knock it down,” he said.
NBC Sports college football contributor Clay Travis told KTRH he thinks the bill is a very good idea.
“Often times in past years, in situations like this, the legislatures had to be the voice of reason and get the rivalries back up and running,” Travis stated.
Travis said those that think this is a waste of tax dollars are off base.
“I would argue that the state does have an interest in making these games happen,” Travis said. “They serve as strong advertisements and goodwill gestures for the state’s flagship universities.”
In a statement, A&M President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin told KTRH that they would “follow any specific direction from the Legislature."
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