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Bill To Mandate Texas vs. Texas A&M Football Series Was Shot Down

first_imgTexas and Texas A&M lined up against each other on the gridiron.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]last_img read more

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Dialogue only way forward for peace in JK Farooq

first_imgJammu: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said talks were the only way forward to herald peace in Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that the Centre would soon take an initiative to start a dialogue in this regard with Pakistan and all the other stakeholders.Abdullah also wished a blissful pilgrimage to those visiting the holy cave shrine of Amarnath at a height of 3,880 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas. “The process of dialogue should be initiated with all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir, as also with Pakistan to achieve the larger objective of peace in the state,” he said on the sidelines of a function at Lakhanpur in Kathua district. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said history stood testimony to the fact that all contentious issues were sorted out by sitting around the table and hoped that the process of dialogue would be initiated by India and Pakistan, “sooner the better”. He recalled that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had initiated talks with Pakistan even after hostilities between the two neighbouring countries in a bid to improve the relations. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The beneficiaries of the dialogue will be the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been bearing the brunt of the hostilities,” Abdullah said while exuding confidence that the Indo-Pak talks would lead to the culmination of violence in the state. He reiterated that a dialogue with all the stakeholders with an avowed objective of addressing the internal and external dimensions of the Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio, which he described as “political” in character, would be a major initiative towards lasting peace in the region. “The NC has constantly been maintaining that Indo-Pak bonhomie will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in our state. Animosity can achieve nothing but destruction,” the former Union minister said. On the commencement of the 46-day-long Amarnath Yatra from here, he said the pilgrimage was a symbol of communal harmony and hoped that it would further foster the bonds of amity and brotherhood.last_img read more