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Texas governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on Tuesday following shameful losses by Texas, Baylor, and Texas A&M during the opening weekend of the college football season. This marks the second state of emergency to be declared in Texas in as many weeks, after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas gulf coast causing massive amounts of flooding.
The University of Texas lost to Maryland 51-41. However, this score does not reflect how poorly the Longhorns played. Texas’s defense allowed more than 6 yards per carry and gave up more than 16 yards per attempt. This shameful loss casts an early shadow over the start of the Tom Herman era in Austin. 51 points is the most UT has given up in any opening game in program history.
In Waco, the Baylor Bears fell to FCS opponent Liberty. In front of a stunned crowd, Baylor lost the game at a final score of 48-45; an ominous start for the head coaching career of Matt Ruhle in Waco. After the game, the only sound that could be heard was ex-Baylor AD Ian McCaw laughing. McCaw said this is what happens when you expect football players to be decent human beings. McCaw was recently dismissed from the University following a massive sexual assault scandal.
A&M traveled to Los Angeles to take on UCLA. The Aggies started off fast, leading 44-10 in the 3rd quarter. Then the team suddenly collapsed, allowing UCLA to score 35 unanswered points, making for the second largest comeback in NCAA history.
“The physical damage from the hurricane is hard to stomach. Seeing our two flagship football programs go down in flames like that over the weekend made the whole situation worse,” Abbott said. “By declaring a second state of emergency, I promise this disaster relief fund will be used to fix UT and A&M’s football programs. If there is any money left, we might help Baylor too.”
Some initially questioned how the state could even think about using Federal disaster funds to fix a college football team while so many people are still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Abbott countered by claiming that making Texas college football competitive again would help those affected by Harvey return to a sense of normalcy.
“It’s about making the people of Texas feel good about themselves again. We, as a state, can’t allow for our college football teams to be this bad for another year,” Abbott said. “If we don’t fix this problem now, the same sense of pride that brought Texans together to take care of one another in the aftermath of Harvey may not be around for the next natural disaster.”
Abbott’s motion to direct the disaster funding towards helping rehabilitate Texas college football passed through the state legislature with 100 percent of the vote. Texas state representative Ted Poe said he had never seen the state legislature agree on something and he was shocked that the group managed to work together.
Experts are unsure about how more money will help fix two of the largest financial powers in college sports, but Abbott said the money would be used to hire a once in a lifetime coach.
“I’d offer Nick Saban 50 million a year to come coach at Texas. Urban Meyer gets the same deal to come coach A&M,” Abbott said. If they won’t do it we’ll hire Belichick away from the Patriots. With this money, we can raise Vince Lombardi from the dead if we have to.”
Another source in the governor’s office said the money would be used to hire a first class AD at both schools and would fund a wall built around the state border to keep other programs from taking Texas ‘croots.