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"If they're not willing to help the other schools with economic development and getting big crowds out, maybe they ought to contribute some of the money so it could be spread among the other schools and make up some of that loss," said Hillyard, R-Logan.
Hillyard had asked legislative attorneys to draft a bill to enact the mandate but dropped it because time was running out in the 2011 session.
His proposal would essentially guarantee that the rivalry between Utah State and the University of Utah continues, despite much-publicized comments earlier this year from U. coach Jim Boylen that he didn't want the Utes to play the Aggies.
Boylen has since been fired, but Hillyard still wants to explore the potential arrangement and has asked the Legislature's Education Interim Committee to study the issue, and he may bring it back when the Legislature convenes next year.