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State lawmaker hopes legislation could save Aggie-Longhorn rivalry

(KLTV) - A Texas state senator is hoping legislation could help the rivalry between the University of Texas and Texas A&M University intact.

State Senator Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, plans to file legislation in the 83rd Legislative Session. That session starts in 2013. Williams said the long-standing tradition should stay, despite the schools being in different conferences.

"This football series began in 1894, and I don't think it's time to stop this rivalry," said Senator Williams.  "The game has served as an important family tradition for millions of Texans throughout the century, and it's important we preserve this great tradition."

A&M officials said they also hope to keep the Lone Star State rivalry.

"The SEC has a long history of these kinds of cross‑conference rivalries," A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said. "Certainly within Florida, Florida State play yearly, Clemson and South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia.  My understanding is the policy really permits and encourages those rivalries across conference boundaries to continue to occur in the best interest of the institutions and the SEC."

The Aggies announced on Tuesday they will be leaving the Big 12 in July 2012.

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