Could the big college football rivalry in Texas be renewed?
Back in November, we told you about a Texas state representative's efforts to get the Texas A&M-University of Texas football game back up and running despite the Aggies' move to the Southeastern Conference and an apparent lack of desire by the Longhorns to continue the Lone Star Showdown.
Now, that representative says there may be progress.
Lyle Larson of San Antonio -- himself an Aggie grad -- has been working over the last few months with leaders of the maroon and burnt orange persuasions. While a game in 2012 is not going to happen by every indication, Rep. Larson says a 2013 Lone Star Showdown is his goal. He says there's a possibility that it could take place at a neutral site, and that corporate sponsors have shown interest in putting their dollars behind the game.
In a letter to A&M and UT leaders just about a week ago, Larson wrote, "We realize that the 2012 schedule has been set and that the universities are precluded from playing one another in the fall. However, my hope is that the leaders of both UT and Texas A&M can put their differences aside and make a sincere effort to add this game to the schedule in 2013 and into the future."
News 3 has not received a response from UT President Bill Powers office, but A&M Vice President for Marketing and Communications Jason Cook said "Rep. Larson is fully aware of President Loftin's desire to continue the rivalry in the future. We have been very public and consistent about our position."