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

By Kris Hughes
Kirby Lee – USA TODAY SPORTS

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:

https://twitter.com/RyanGuillen/status/296047063731429376

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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