Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Renewal of Aggies, Longhorns rivalry?
By Chris Low
Texas and Texas A&M might be in different conferences now, but one state legislator is determined to see the two old foes continue their rivalry.
Ryan Guillen, a Democrat from House District 31, filed a bill Monday that would require the Longhorns and Aggies to play each year. The schools played annually since 1915 until the 2012 season when the series ended when Texas A&M left Texas and the Big 12 for the SEC.
"This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbecue," Guillen said in a statement provided to ESPN. "The purpose of this bill is to put the 'eyes of Texas upon' our two greatest state universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.
"I think the people of Texas want a game, and we're trying to get them one."
Guillen is a Texas A&M graduate and represents Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.
Regardless of which side you sit on in this rivalry, there's no reason (other than money, greed and envy) that these two schools shouldn't play. You're talking about a rivalry that was first played in 1894 and defined college football on Thanksgiving Day for many of us.
Texas' schedule is reportedly full through at least 2018, but schedules can change.
The two sides need to come together and make this happen. That is, if the fans in the great state of Texas mean anything.