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Texas Lawmaker Pushes For Longhorns, Aggies To Renew Series

texas-seatsWhen Texas A&M left the Big XII for the SEC, University of Texas officials decided to shun the Aggies.  “Move and you’ll lose all your games with your biggest rival,” was their message.

Gasp!

But then Johnny Manziel happened, A&M had a much smoother entry into the SEC than most everyone — especially Longhorn fans — expected, and the Aggies found they didn’t really need their game with Texas for national exposure.  The SEC’s television contracts and a Heisman-winning quarterback accomplished that better than a Thanksgiving battle with the Horns could.

Texas A&M clearly had the last laugh in 2012.  But that doesn’t mean all Aggies have given up on facing Texas somewhere down the road.

Yesterday, Texas lawmaker Ryan Guillen — an A&M grad — introduced a bill in the Texas State House that would require the two schools to play.  If they don’t, Guillen proposed that whichever school refused to participate in the game would have a few scholarships stripped.  (Good luck with that one.)

“This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbecue,” Guillen said.  “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.”

The University of Kentucky agreed to start playing a regular basketball series with Louisville in the mid-80s thanks in some part to pressure from the legislature in the Commonwealth.  When Texas and A&M looked to be moving in opposite conference directions in the late-80s/early-90s, the Texas state legislature rattled its saber and the schools remained bound.  Legal pressure was also applied to get Texas Tech and Baylor into the Big XII along with Texas and A&M in the mid-90s.

But when A&M left for the SEC this decade, Texas state lawmakers could only wring their hands.  And there are just as many Longhorn lawmakers to vote “nay” on Guillen’s bill as their are Aggies who’ll vote “yay.”

Nice try, but we’d be surprised if this move forces the two longtime rivals back onto the football field.

 


11 comments
viciousdawg
viciousdawg

Why would the Aggies want to play TU when they left the Big 12 - 2 to get away from them? Doesn't a lawmaker have more pressing problems to solve?

Roggespierre
Roggespierre

I'm an outsider on this issue, but it seems to me that A&M has demonstrated that it doesn't need to play Texas.  The early returns suggest that the move to the SEC gave A&M a much greater boost than the Longhorn Network has given Texas.  A&M has emerged from the UT shadow and is now in the national limelight.  Why would it want to play Texas?

NoOneInParticular
NoOneInParticular

At this point in time the only winner of forcing this game on Texas and A&M is Oklahoma.  They would love to see one or the other of us beat the tar out of the other so they can regain some of the recruiting advantage they have lost in Texas.  Maybe in the future but even then there are plenty of opportunities for us to meet every 3 to 5 years with the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, the Play-in games, and the championship game.  Those will be some great leave it on the field games much better than any yearly match up.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

If I'm not mistaken, Alabama was forced by the state legislature to play Auburn at some point in their history. I think that's why Auburn has a longer history of playing Georgia than they do the Tide.

j_scott_o
j_scott_o

As an Aggie alum, I could care less if we play tu.  Yes, it was a great game and a great tradition.  Yes, I have a ton of Longhorn friends.  But, I'm just fine with not playing them anymore.  Would I like to?  Sure.  Do I care if we don't play in the foreseeable future?  Nope.  If we play in a bowl game...great.  I like where we currently are right now...in the thick of the SEC.  The best thing to happen to A&M after we got rid of Slocum was to move to the SEC and hire Sumlin.  One advantage the Horns had over A&M is Austin vs College Station angle.  I lived in Austin for about 7 years...and I loved it.  Hard to compete w/ everything going on there.  But, now that we are in the SEC...we have a new selling point...and, I think it counters the Austin nightlife angle...if not surpassing it.

 

So, would I welcome this game?  Sure.  Do I want this game?  Not really.  Do we need this game?  Nope.  Gig 'em

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

when i first heard he was liberal i assumed he'd be a longhorn.  if he consulted with anyone at a&m they would have told him they didn't want him to do this.  he must be really bored down there in the valley.  let tu suffer and find out that their recruiting disadvantage will only magnify as they ignore us.  we don't need this game, but sooner or later they will figure out that they do need it.  let them suffer, Guillen, and you focus on the job at hand which is helping run our gov't.  then again, if this is your biggest concern maybe we don't want you working for our great state or representing our school.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

 @NoOneInParticular

 i agree that (if texas mans up) there will be plenty of postgame meetings if the non-playoff bowl system remains the same.  besides, we don't need them.  let tu come crawling back to us after they finally realize it's the only way to even slightly tip the recruiting scale back in their direction. 

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @j_scott_o I for one think this is a publicity stunt by a stupid Ag politician, and there are just as many dumb Ag politicians as there are UF politicians per capita, so not a mud slinging comment towards A&M. Every Ag I have talked to could care less about playing Texas, and no Texas grad is going to let an Aggie push them into a game they don't want right now (and probably more Texas grads in the legislature than Aggies). And, I cannot imagine the A&M administration would at this point welcome a "mandatory" game to complicate their schedule right now with rumors of a 9 game SEC schedule coming.

 

I personally think movement towards mega conferences is going to bring the Feds in with a heavy hand, so stupid state legislators throwing their two cents in right now is just not good for the sport. Its bad for schools (the business side of the house), and its bad for the fans.

 

I am on record as hoping A&M and Alabama become arch rivals. We have Georgia and Tennessee, see no reason why you guys can't have Bama and LSU. Everybody else in the state of Texas just does not matter to the SEC right now.

j_scott_o
j_scott_o

 @BonzaiB

 Pretty much agree with everything you typed!  My guess is this Aggie pol is getting an earful from fellow Ags!  There are a lot of ties between A&M and Bama that would make them natural rivals...same w/ MissSt.  I can also see us becoming big rivals with LSU & Arky as well.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @j_scott_o Oh I see A&M being a rival for just about everybody in the West at one time or another, but I was just picking the top two. Arkansas and A&M have been going at it for years, but it has meant more to the Razorbacks than the Ags (I think). I had not thought about Miss State, was leaning more towards Auburn, but its definitely Bama, LSU and A&M for the near term. I like this new flavor in the West. 

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