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.