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There ought to be a law..."in the name of Texas tradition": UT vs Texas A&M

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A Texas state representative has filed a bill that would mandate an annual, regular season game between UT and Texas A&M.

The rivals broke with a century of tradition this past football season because they didn't play each other.

The Aggies left the Big 12 conference after the Longhorns formed their own TV network.

"There's probably some hurt feelings in there," observed Brian Smith, president of the Capital City A&M Club. " And hopefully those can get sorted out and we can get back to a tradition that belongs in the state of Texas."

But for now, both teams have full schedules in their respective conferences, according to Houston radio host (and UT alum) Michael Garfield.

"What the two schools will tell you is there's just no time," Garfield explained. "There's not an open week during the season to play, at least for the next four years."

The bill's sponsor is Ryan Guillen, a south Texas Democrat (and an Aggie). He said in a statement that his bill aims to restore a "Texas tradition."

Capitol observers believe the legislation is a long shot, to say the least.

"By the time they get around to trying to legislate football," explained Democratic strategist Harold Cook, "they have solved public education, they have funded the water plan, they have done all the other issues that Texans feel important."

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