Expansion has caused some of college football’s greatest and oldest rivalries to disappear much to the chagrin of its fans and apparently, even some lawmakers.
Ryan Guillen, a Democrat from House District 31, filed a bill Monday that would require Texas and Texas A&M to rekindle their annual football rivalry. The rivalry was put on indefinite hold after Texas A&M moved to the SEC last season. The rivalry dates back to 1894 and up until last year, the schools had played annually since 1915.
"This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbeque," Guillen, an A&M graduate, said in a statement to ESPN. "The purpose of the bill is to put the 'eyes of Texas upon' our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.
"I think the people of Texas want a game, and we're trying to get them one."
This isn’t the first time a lawmaker has tried to renew a rivalry game. Last year, Missouri Rep. Stephen Webber threatened to block Kansas-themed license plates from the state of Missouri unless Missouri and Kansas restarted their rivalry. The two schools stopped playing after Missouri left for the SEC and even though Missouri has tried to rekindle the rivalry, Kansas has been resistant in all sports.
Guillen’s bill is worthy endeavor because there are plenty of fans that would like to see Texas and Texas A&M reunite on the football field, but we’ll see if it gets much traction with several other pressing matters on the docket in Austin.
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