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Lawmaker files bill requiring renewal of UT-A&M football rivalry

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One Texas lawmaker misses the UT A&M football rivalry so much, he's trying to pass a law requiring the schools to bring the tradition back.

State Representative Ryan Guillen introduced HB 778 Monday. It would require the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University to revive the annual football game played on Thanksgiving Day.

Right now, the 118th meeting between the Horns and Aggies was the last.

UT freshmen, Safa Jenkins and Dana Summers, say they want to see the game make a comeback.

"I was pretty upset when they said we weren't going to play them anymore," Jenkins said.

"I don't think we need a state law like if both teams were good with it, it'd be good," Summers said.

Brian Smith is the president of the Capital City A&M Club.

"I think there's some hurt feelings in there somewhere and hopefully those can get sorted out and get back to a tradition that belongs in the state of Texas," Smith said.

Representative Guillen's office declined our request for an interview. FOX 7 got this statement instead.

He says "this game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbecue." And that "the purpose of this bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest state universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition."

"We have been in a conference with Texas A&M for a long time, there was conference realignment, we worked very hard to keep Texas A&M A&M in the conference. They're a great friend and a great rival, that didn't work out and that's the situation we're in and I'll just leave it at that," UT President, Bill Powers said.

A&M President, DR. Bowen Loftin says "we remain hopeful that the game may continue one day through the normal scheduling process. Having said that, we, of course, will follow any specific direction from the legislature."

From a legislative stand point, Democratic strategist, Harold Cook, says this bill has no chance.

"By the time they get around to legislating football, they have solved public education, they have funded the water plant and they have done all the other issues that Texans feel are important," he said.

The bill also says whichever school doesn't want to play, it would face athletic scholarship restrictions.

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