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Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

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This week features a match up of the two oldest public universities in the State.  And you probably can’t guess at least one of them.  For the first time in 140 years, Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M will meet at Kyle Field on Saturday.  Although the schools are only about 45 miles apart, more than geography has separated the two institutions.  Texas’s first public universities were created by the same legislation, but separated by race for more than 100 years.

As far as football goes, the two programs are vastly different.  PV suffered through the longest losing streak in college football history losing 80 straight at one point.  TAMU has been a regular in the Top 25 for decades.  It’s the first time that the Aggies will play a Southwestern Athletic Conference team from one of the historically black colleges.  For PV, it’s the first time they will have played a team from one of the Power Five conferences.

Kudos to A&M System Chancellor John Sharp for making this game a priority.  Red hopes that PV takes away something more than the $450,000 boost for their athletic program.  Chancellor Sharp has similar sentiments.

“The money part is not the most important thing. It’s being associated with a great university. Playing in a game like that is something that enhances their reputation.”

Still it seems unlikely that the Panthers can keep pace with the Aggies, but it might be a more competitive game than expected as PV has turned its program around.  Red calls TAMU 42 PV 22.

On a final note, is there a university out there with a more romantic sounding name than Prairie View?  Only Bowling Green comes to mind.


Today in Texas History – January 19

From the Annals of the Halls of Power –  In 1999, Rick Perry took office as Texas’ first Republican lieutenant governor since Reconstruction.  Perry’s long career in public office began in 1984 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from District 64, which included Haskell County where his father had served as a County Commissioner.   Perry was well regarded as a Representative and served three terms.  He supported Al Gore for President in 1988.  But when George H.W. Bush won the Presidency, Perry was clearly attune to the direction the political winds were blowing in Texas, and he changed his party affiliation to the GOP.  In 1990, he narrowly defeated the popular incumbent Jim Hightower for Agriculture Commissioner.  With the help of Karl Rove he raised over $3 million and tarnished Hightower’s name – aided by a corruption scandal that enveloped 3 of Hightower’s aides.  Perry’s narrow win by about 20,000 votes pushed him into statewide prominence.   After serving two terms, Perry chose to run for Lieutenant Governor to succeed the retiring Democrat Bob Bullock.  Perry had a notable falling out with his previous top political strategist Karl Rove leading to the much-reported rivalry between the  Bush and Perry camps.  In the 1998 election, Perry eked out another narrow win with 1,858,837 votes (50.04 percent) to the 1,790,106 (48.19 percent) cast for Democrat John Sharp.