LITTLE ROCK (KATV) – It may take the act of state lawmakers for Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State Red Wolves to finally face off on the football field.
"This is about, ‘Hey do you want to see these two teams play and do you want to see it benefit a worthy cause?'" said Rep. Andy Mayberry (R-Hensely) who filed the bill with co-sponsor Rep. Harold Copenhaven (D-Jonseboro).
The two universities have never played each other in football. That would change under House Bill 2274 which would require the Hogs and Red Wolves to play only once, and for charity.
"If the people vote that they don't want to see our legislature out here doing that then I will pull the bill," said Mayberry.
His bill calls for a minimum $250,000 to be raised and go toward a cause to be chosen by the public. At arkansasasubenefit.com, most people say they want to see the game benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital.
But it's the thought of a Razorback loss to the Red Wolves that has Hog fans split on whether it's worth it.
"It hurts recruiting and the image of the state," said Matt Robbins.
"It might be embarrassing but anything to brings revenue to our state is a good thing," said Chanel Perry.
Voting ends on Saturday.
In 1947 the Alabama legislature passed a resolution that required Alabama and Auburn to play each other, after the two schools had previously severed ties. The two SEC schools have played every year since 1948.
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