Everybody who wants to see Texas and Texas A&M play again on the regular, raise your hand. (AP)
The annual Texas-Texas A&M clash was one of several longstanding college football rivalries felled by conference realignment, and after just one year off, willingness to restore the tradition by whatever goofy means necessary is already on display. Texas state representative Ryan Guillen has filed a bill to reestablish the series, under threat of scholarship restrictions. (Wait. What?)
If this sounds … curious to you, you’re not alone. We enlisted the kind assistance of SI.com legal analyst Michael McCann, who offers this take on Guillen’s bill, with the obvious part right up front (emphasis ours):
1) I don’t think this bill has a plausible shot of becoming law. Using the law to interfere with the scheduling of college football games seems like a dubious use of legislative authority and government overreach.
2) If it defies the odds and becomes law, the two schools would likely claim the law is unconstitutional — specifically, the argument would be that the state lacks legal authority to regulate the scheduling of games or at least lacks the authority to regulate the scheduling of games for a non-health reason like this. Scholarships also impact interstate activities, which are usually the domain of the federal government, so that would be another argument against state authority.