Texas House Bill 778 Would Force Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies to Play Annually

By Kris Hughes

While there are plenty of people in the Lone Star State upset about the dissipation of the football rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies, none have wanted it back so badly they were willing to try and make it a state law.

Enter Ryan Guillen.

The Democractic Representative from House District 31 (the “Valley” area of Southeast Texas) has introduced House Bill 778 that would require and annual, non-conference, scheduled football game to take place between the Aggies and Longhorns.

Here is Guillen’s recent tweet regarding it:


Guillen was quoted as follows in the popular Texas Tribune  in regards to his filing of the bill:

This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbeque. 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.

Even the most fervent Aggies and Longhorns fans might raise their eyebrows at this one, regardless of whether there’s a genuine sentiment behind it.

Texas is facing many more pressing issues than whether or not the Longhorns and Aggies meet in a game required by state law. While Ryan Guillen’s introduction of HB 778 was more than likely in good fun — and I can appreciate that, especially given the circus that is Texas politics — perhaps he should be focused on the bigger fish I’m certain he has to fry.

Texas and Texas A&M will play again someday — and it will likely be annual — but a legislative measure isn’t a way to move us closer to that.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook

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