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Red River Rivalry Tradition A Casualty Of Government Shutdown

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The Red River Rivalry is all about tradition but one of its long-standing practices won't be returning this year as a result of the government shutdown.

The Oklahoma Naval ROTC will be forced to cancel its annual run because the Secretary of the Navy informed them that ROTC groups cannot participate in outreach programs during the shutdown.

Traditionally, OU coach Bob Stoops hands a football to a member of the ROTC at the OU Armory and the ball is run to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the game. Runners from the Texas ROTC midshipmen also make the run to Dallas from Austin after being handed a ball by Mack Brown.

The footballs run from each campus are traditionally used as the game balls.

This would have marked the 31st-consecutive year for the run, which typically begins on Wednesday but has already been called off.

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