Bill introduced into Texas legislation to revive Texas and Texas A&M rivalry
A bill was filed Monday in Texas state legislation by Rep. Ryan Guillen, that would require the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University to play every year.
“This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbeque,” Guillen, an A&M graduate, said, according to the Texas Tribune. “The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.”
In 1894, the Longhorns and the Aggies played for the first time and continued almost annually through 2011. In 2012, Texas A&M switched from the Big 12 conference to the Southeastern Conference, and 2012 became the first year the rivals did not meet on the gridiron since 1914.
As filed, House Bill 778 does not provide a date when the game should happen but would leave that up to the two schools.
If the bill were to pass, an athletic scholarship restriction penalty would be assessed to the university that declined to participate, according to the Houston Chronicle.