LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A new effort has begun to get ASU and the Razorbacks on the same football field.
State Representative Andy Mayberry of Hensley has teamed with Harold Copenhaver of Jonesboro to present a one-page, four paragraph bill that would create a one-time charity game between the two schools.
A website has been set up, soliciting fans' reactions to the possibility, and if enough fans give it their blessing, Mayberry will present the bill to the House Education Committee to get the football rolling.
As of Wednesday afternoon, over 9,000 fans have voted, with over 55% in favor of a game.
One of those was Tim Mosby. He is a lifelong Hog fan who has thought it all through. He thinks the Hogs should play one game a year in Little Rock, and that game should be the first of the year against ASU. He wants to call it the Diamond Bowl. More specifically, he wants to call D-Day (Diamond Day. . get it?) He even has ideas for a diamond.
Mosby represents a host of fans who think the game should happen. Is that a majority of fans? Judging by the initial reaction, one would think so. But, reaction is mixed over the legislature getting involved.
Mayberry is quick to point out that it was Alabama's legislature that dictated a game between Auburn and Alabama, and that series has turned out pretty well.
House Bill 2274 calls for the athletic administrations of the University of Arkansas at Fayettville and the Arkansas State University at Jonesboro to have their football teams play each other in a game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
The bill indicates that this should happen at the earliest possible regular season and should take the NCAA rules, contractual obligations of the universities existing on the date the section becomes effective, and the availability of War Memorial Stadium into consideration.
In addition, proceeds from ticket sales in an amount no less than $250,000 are to be distributed to a charity that benefits the state of Arkansas.
To vote, go to www.arkansasasubenefit.com. Mayberry wants taxpayers to know, the website has NOT been paid for with state funds.