Wash. Senator proposed bill that UW vs. Gonzaga rivalry game must be played

Wash. Senator proposed bill that UW vs. Gonzaga rivalry game must be played »Play Video
Basketball programs’ have not played each other since 2007.
PULLMAN, WA - As much as many of us don't like seeing politics mix with sports, when it comes to rekindling rivalry games, our ears may perk up a little.

Washington State Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner has proposed a bill that would require the University of Gonzaga and University of Washington to have their basketball programs play each other, something that has not happened since 2007. If the legislature adopts the bill, Gonzaga and UW will be required by state law to compete each year during the regular season.

Baumgartner said quote, "I think it's in the best interest of the state for the legislature to take action by reigniting the competitive spirit embodied in the rivalry between Gonzaga and UW."

The annual series pitting UW and Gonzaga had been played most recently from 1998 through 2007...while Gonzaga won eight of those ten meetings. UW holds the all-time series edge over Gonzaga by a margin of 29-13.

Baumgartner added one last note, saying quote, "The UW vs. Gonzaga rivalry was enjoyed by the entire state. UW has a solid basketball program, but if the Huskies are too scared to play GU of its own choosing I think the legislature ought to pass a law to help give them some courage."