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Texas Lawmaker Files Legislation To Make Texas Vs Texas A&M Rivalry A State Law

November 28, 2018 - 6:48 am

By Chris Fox, KRLD Austin Bureau Chief

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - It’s been 7 years since The University of Texas squared off against Texas A&M in Football and State Representative Lyle Larson hopes his legislation can force them back on the field.

Larson’s bill would renew the rivalry and penalize the school that refuses to play by limiting scholarships.

Larson says “the idea of the bill is to start the dialogue…to have the leadership of both schools sit down and get the game back.”

Larson graduated from A&M in 1981 and says the two schools have to get past the differences that led to the end of the rivalry. “There are a lot of hard feelings about the SEC (the college football conference Texas A&M jumped to after the 2011 season) and on the Aggie side the Longhorn Network…and there’s been a lot of posturing.”

In 2012 Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharpe unsuccessfully argued to keep the rivalry going saying “we have an open invitation to them…I talked to the Chancellor and President (of the University of Texas) and I said when you guys get ready, we’re ready.”

The University of Texas leads the series 76-to-37 with 5 ties. Texas took the last meeting in 2011, 27-to-25 on a last second field goal.