COLLEGE STATION, TX – NOVEMBER 24: Patrick Lewis #61 of the Texas A&M Aggies prepares to snap the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)Since the Texas-Texas A&M series stopped being played in 2011 with the Aggies’ move to the SEC, people across the state have been pining to see them play again. That desire has even extended to statewide politicians, who have tried to mandate the series into law.According to The Texas Tribune via CBS 19, a bill that made it out of the Texas House Higher Education Committee gained no ground in the full House. Per the report, state representative Lyle Larson declined to ask for a hearing on the bill – effectively killing it.But Larson explained that the “true intention” of the bill wasn’t to mandate a law, but rather to get the schools to engage in talks over resuming the series. Larson added that he has been in contact with administrators of both Texas and Texas A&M, and declared that conversations between the two are “very active.”“The conversations that are happening are very active,” said Larson, who noted he’s been in contact with administrators at both UT and A&M.From 1915 to 2011, the two sides faced each other regularly. Since their first meeting in 1894, Texas and Texas A&M have faced off 118 times.A bill to reinstate a Texas A&M and UT football game never gained ground this #txlege.https://t.co/0SoQCutWNl— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 7, 2019The Longhorns own the all-time series lead with a 76-37-5 record against the Aggies.If Larson is correct and the two schools are speaking to each other consistently, then we may eventually have a surprise series renewal at some point in the future.The two schools have plenty of open dates for non-conference opponents in 2022 and beyond.Never say never…[The Texas Tribune]
zoom Denmark’s Clipper Group has emerged as the buyer of the four 32,000 dwt Handysize bulk carriers sold last week by its compatriot D/S Norden.The vessels include Nord Hong Kong, Nord Houston, Nord London and Nord Vancouver and they will be added to the company’s fleet during the next four months.The four bulkers were built in 2011 at Chinese Jiangmen Nanyang Shipyard (JNS).The Handysize bulk carriers feature logs and grabs fitted and will enter the Clipper Logger Pool, according to the company.“We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to add four modern handysize vessels to our fleet and into our Logger Pool,” Clipper’s Group CEO Peter Norborg said.Clipper said it will commercially as well as technically manage the vessels.The bulk carriers have been added to Clipper’s internal technical management division, Clipper Fleet Management.The company’s Logger Pool presently consists of 31 vessels, whereof eight are controlled by Clipper and 23 are third party’s vessels.