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Government shut down cancels Oklahoma/Texas tradition

Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns tight end D.J. Grant runs after a catch against Oklahoma Sooners safety Tony Jefferson (1) during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

For years, the Oklahoma and Texas Naval ROTCs have a tradition of running a relay, carrying a football to Dallas. The Texas ROTC runs a ball from Austin, white the Oklahoma ROTC carries a ball from Norman. Neither ROTCs will be able to participate in the tradition this year due to the government shutdown.

From KOCO:

A spokesperson said the event was canceled after a letter from the Secretary of the U.S. Navy said ROTC groups could not participate in outreach programs.

The annual event is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots.

The event, previously scheduled to start Wednesday morning, will not take place this year.

It is pretty sad to see a tradition like this, especially given that it raises money for Toys for Tots, will be cancelled because of this government shut down.

Since running a couple hundred miles isn’t probably easy to do, it probably is in their best interest not to do it without approval. The risks could outweigh the reward, if someone got injured or something happened.

Topics: Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns

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