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TX state representative introduces bill asking UT, A&M to play

Quandre Diggs, Malcome Kennedy AP

Now that Texas A&M resides in the SEC, the Aggies’ rivalry game with Texas is no more and the Longhorns have made it clearer than clear they have no intentions of picking the game back up any time soon despite A&M’s desire to do so.

Naturally, state lawmakers are now attempting to take matters into their own hands. Per the Texas Tribune, Texas Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) introduced  a bill on Monday asking that the two sides resume the game that has traditionally been played on Thanksgiving.

“This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbeque,” Guillen, who is an A&M graduate, said. “The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.”

The Tribune adds that if a team refused to participate in the rivalry, it would be penalized with restrictions on athletic scholarships. That seems… drastic.

Personally, I would love to see Texas and A&M play again, but forcing anyone’s hand to do so through state law is petty and likely to be shot down quickly.

So, yeah. Good luck with that.

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  1. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 28, 2013 10:34 PM

    A&M didn’t want to deal with Texas anymore so they left for the SEC. Now A&M wants to play Texas every year, stupid Aggies.

  2. sallust99 says: Jan 28, 2013 10:48 PM

    The reality is the horns want no part of the Aggies. The horns care more about an Espn network than winning games. Aggies would own the horns

  3. barbeaux says: Jan 28, 2013 11:11 PM

    Yep. This is the most pressing issue that we face in Texas right now………

  4. deadeye says: Jan 28, 2013 11:15 PM

    Under normal circumstances I would quip about politicians having more important things to do than forcing football rivals to play.

    However in today’s America, politicians do so much more damage when they “fix” things, I much prefer meaningless sports-related legislation to any of the alternatives.

  5. frug says: Jan 28, 2013 11:57 PM

    The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.”

    He wants to require UT and Rice to play every year?

  6. atxcane says: Jan 29, 2013 12:00 AM

    @deadeye

    Texas was smart and sets constitutional limits on the legislative session: 140 day blocks every 2 years. Essentially, the legislature is only in session for 4 months every other year.

    No surprise Texas is doing better than almost every other state!

  7. floridacock says: Jan 29, 2013 8:03 AM

    Texas was the one that did not want to play A&M after they left for the SEC. I’m sure they still would rather not take that certain loss now.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 29, 2013 8:12 AM

    This guy should turn in his Aggie ring. A&M has moved on from being the abused stepchild of Daddy Texas. There is no reason to ever play them again unless it’s in a bowl or eventual playoff game.

  9. v2the4 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:16 AM

    not entirely true floridaC…see, A&M was already on the Texas schedule as a conference game…UT had non conference games locked in until 2019….when A&M decided to go east to lay up with their cousins in the southeast, they complained about continuing the game with Texas, but UT was no longer obligated to accommodate them.

    who was/should UT drop and be subject to buyouts in the future? USC Notre Dame Maryland, Cal, UCLA, Ole Miss, BYU, Rice, N Mexico St, Wyoming, N Texas or UTEP? USC, ND, Maryland, and Cal are home and home while the others are home games for UT, with the exception of UCLA, which is in 2014 in cowboys stadium.

    the Texas legislature has major issues to concern itself with….they have cut $5Billion in education…Texas is 48th in child healthcare, right in front of those foward leading states Louisiana and Mississippi….Texas has a major illegal immigration problem….the legislature should concern themselves with those major issues, and stay out of the college football business…

  10. thegamecocker says: Jan 29, 2013 9:05 AM

    @v2the4

    Generally speaking I agree the Texas legislature has more important issues to deal with. Your sarcasm though is not appreciated. Back to reality: UT can unload any of the these schools to play aTm: New Mexico St., N. Texas, UTEP, Maryland, or Wyoming.
    Playing aTm every year will probably yield the State of Texas greater tax revenue from the sale of tickets than playing these other schools. Therefore, it makes sense to play aTm annually. It will help solve healthcare for children, education, and illegal immigration since there will be greater revenue. A “win/win” so to speak. Plus, it will unload your overpaid HC Mack Brown b/c UT will most likely get beat by aTm….and isn’t that the real reason UT does not want to renew the rivalry…..

  11. gorilladunk says: Jan 29, 2013 9:13 AM

    @gamecocker….”playing the game will probably yield the State of Texas greater tax revenue from the sale of tickets than playing the other schools”….how do you figure that? UT sells out all their games so the so the revenue is the same, no matter who is played.

  12. deucez2 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:26 AM

    sallust99 says:
    Jan 28, 2013 10:48 PM
    The reality is the horns want no part of the Aggies. The horns care more about an Espn network than winning games. Aggies would own the horns

    I’m sure that’s exactly why Texas doesn’t schedule ATM. When you lead a series 75-35-7, you always quake in your boots fearing a loss. The real reason they don’t play is Texas fought to keep the Big 12 together in 2010 and ATM declared their allegiance after receiving an equal share of revenues. Then, like the jealous little brother they are, ATM broke their word and high-tailed it to stick it to the league. Aggies usually keep their word. Guess they can’t wail on and on about “honor” any longer.

  13. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:42 AM

    Who won the last game between the two schools? And where was that game played?

  14. thegamecocker says: Jan 29, 2013 9:45 AM

    How about when they play teams they have a home and home with? If you play aTm, the state benefits because everyone of those games is played in the State of Texas…it’s an incremental revenue but still. Just play the game and have UT quit making excuses NOT to play the game….

  15. raysfan1 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:55 AM

    This is not without precedent. When Florida State became coed after WWII and started a football program, it wanted to add the Gators to the schedule. UF refused. State legislators introduced a bill in 1955 to try to force the issue. It was voted down. The governor then got directly involved, negotiations commenced, and the Gators-‘Noles annual matchup started in 1958.

  16. lasseter1113 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:35 AM

    Face it Texas fans, Texas A&M is now the team to beat out of the state on the field and in recruiting…I ask all the college football fans that are reading this, which one of these teams do you think would be harder to beat right now?

    Thumbs up for Texas A&M

    Thumbs down for Texas

    That’s in no particular order, well maybe I did do it in the order you would have rated my comment anyways…

  17. Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks says: Jan 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    This is the only way to get our SEC teams to play a quality team out of conference.

    The SEC: We’re the best, but don’t ask us to schedule a game in September

  18. dmcgrann says: Jan 29, 2013 8:38 PM

    Ben, I agree that changing state law is petty and a waste of legislators’ time, but is it really different then when an elected official like a governor inserts themselves into OOC scheduling? The “Friends of Coal Bowl” between WVU and Marshall comes to mind, as does the pressure that was applied in Virginia to get the UVa folks to lobby for the admission of VT to the ACC when speculation came up that maybe the Cavaliers and Hokies might not be able to play OOC every year.

  19. Ben Kercheval says: Jan 29, 2013 10:10 PM

    I see what you’re saying, dmcgrann, but I would add that political pressure and a bill with actual repercussions are two separate things. There are arguments (some valid, some not) about how playing an in-state rivalry helps local economies, etc. I think it’s a good thing for UT and A&M to play. Just not to the point where lawmakers have to pass legislation.

  20. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 31, 2013 6:28 AM

    What the Texas State Legislature will likely do, if anything, is to pass a “sense of the legislature” which is a non-binding “suggestion” or “poll of the legislature.” This would prompt the governor to get involved in speaking with both UT and A&M Board Presidents and from there the ADs.

    Since many Texas State legislators are alums of UT or A&M, and many who are not, are ardent fans of one, they will likely weigh in on this issue, though not with any binding legislation.

    We are still waiting here in Louisiana on Texas’ petition to seceed from the union. That is another important matter they should be taking up..hmm.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 1, 2013 11:54 AM

    Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks says:
    Jan 29, 2013 11:49 AM
    This is the only way to get our SEC teams to play a quality team out of conference.

    The SEC: We’re the best, but don’t ask us to schedule a game in September

    ==============================

    This is such an ingnorant comment….

    Bama played Michigan the first game of the season,
    Last year LSU played Oregon the first game of the season, UGA played Boise St. very early on.
    All of these games in neutral stadiums.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 1, 2013 12:09 PM

    TX state representative introduces bill asking UT, A&M to play
    Posted by Ben Kercheval on January 28, 2013, 10:20 PM EST

    APNow that Texas A&M resides in the SEC, the Aggies’ rivalry game with Texas is no more and the Longhorns have made it clearer than clear they have no intentions of picking the game back up any time soon despite A&M’s desire to do so.

    Naturally, state lawmakers are now attempting to take matters into their own hands. Per the Texas Tribune, Texas Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) introduced a bill on Monday asking that the two sides resume the game that has traditionally been played on Thanksgiving.

    “This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbeque,” Guillen, who is an A&M graduate, said. “The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.”

    The Tribune adds that if a team refused to participate in the rivalry, it would be penalized with restrictions on athletic scholarships. That seems… drastic.

    Personally, I would love to see Texas and A&M play again, but forcing anyone’s hand to do so through state law is petty and likely to be shot down quickly.

    So, yeah. Good luck with that.

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    13datsyuk13 says:
    Jan 28, 2013 10:34 PM
    A&M didn’t want to deal with Texas anymore so they left for the SEC. Now A&M wants to play Texas every year, stupid Aggies.

    sallust99 says:
    Jan 28, 2013 10:48 PM
    The reality is the horns want no part of the Aggies. The horns care more about an Espn network than winning games. Aggies would own the horns

    barbeaux says:
    Jan 28, 2013 11:11 PM
    Yep. This is the most pressing issue that we face in Texas right now………

    deadeye says:
    Jan 28, 2013 11:15 PM
    Under normal circumstances I would quip about politicians having more important things to do than forcing football rivals to play.

    However in today’s America, politicians do so much more damage when they “fix” things, I much prefer meaningless sports-related legislation to any of the alternatives.

    frug says:
    Jan 28, 2013 11:57 PM
    The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.”

    He wants to require UT and Rice to play every year?

    atxcane says:
    Jan 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    @deadeye

    Texas was smart and sets constitutional limits on the legislative session: 140 day blocks every 2 years. Essentially, the legislature is only in session for 4 months every other year.

    No surprise Texas is doing better than almost every other state!

    floridacock says:
    Jan 29, 2013 8:03 AM
    Texas was the one that did not want to play A&M after they left for the SEC. I’m sure they still would rather not take that certain loss now.

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Jan 29, 2013 8:12 AM
    This guy should turn in his Aggie ring. A&M has moved on from being the abused stepchild of Daddy Texas. There is no reason to ever play them again unless it’s in a bowl or eventual playoff game.

    v2the4 says:
    Jan 29, 2013 8:16 AM
    not entirely true floridaC…see, A&M was already on the Texas schedule as a conference game…UT had non conference games locked in until 2019….when A&M decided to go east to lay up with their cousins in the southeast, they complained about continuing the game with Texas, but UT was no longer obligated to accommodate them.

    who was/should UT drop and be subject to buyouts in the future? USC Notre Dame Maryland, Cal, UCLA, Ole Miss, BYU, Rice, N Mexico St, Wyoming, N Texas or UTEP? USC, ND, Maryland, and Cal are home and home while the others are home games for UT, with the exception of UCLA, which is in 2014 in cowboys stadium.

    the Texas legislature has major issues to concern itself with….they have cut $5Billion in education…Texas is 48th in child healthcare, right in front of those foward leading states Louisiana and Mississippi….Texas has a major illegal immigration problem….the legislature should concern themselves with those major issues, and stay out of the college football business…

    thegamecocker says:
    Jan 29, 2013 9:05 AM
    @v2the4

    Generally speaking I agree the Texas legislature has more important issues to deal with. Your sarcasm though is not appreciated. Back to reality: UT can unload any of the these schools to play aTm: New Mexico St., N. Texas, UTEP, Maryland, or Wyoming.
    Playing aTm every year will probably yield the State of Texas greater tax revenue from the sale of tickets than playing these other schools. Therefore, it makes sense to play aTm annually. It will help solve healthcare for children, education, and illegal immigration since there will be greater revenue. A “win/win” so to speak. Plus, it will unload your overpaid HC Mack Brown b/c UT will most likely get beat by aTm….and isn’t that the real reason UT does not want to renew the rivalry…..

    gorilladunk says:
    Jan 29, 2013 9:13 AM
    @gamecocker….”playing the game will probably yield the State of Texas greater tax revenue from the sale of tickets than playing the other schools”….how do you figure that? UT sells out all their games so the so the revenue is the same, no matter who is played.

    deucez2 says:
    Jan 29, 2013 9:26 AM
    sallust99 says:
    Jan 28, 2013 10:48 PM
    The reality is the horns want no part of the Aggies. The horns care more about an Espn network than winning games. Aggies would own the horns

    I’m sure that’s exactly why Texas doesn’t schedule ATM. When you lead a series 75-35-7,
    ===================================
    Look at the record since they limited scholarships back in the 70’s just about .500

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 1, 2013 12:12 PM

    ^ ummm WTF was that?

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