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Jewish students at the University of Texas are working to change the date of next year's football game against rival Oklahoma because it falls on Yom Kippur.
The university's Student Government voted unanimously last week to call for the rescheduling of the Oct. 8, 2011 game, the Statesman reported.
At least 1,200 people have signed an online petition urging the
rescheduling of the game.
More than 4,000 University of Texas undergraduate students are Jewish.
The Texas-Oklahoma game, widely known as the "Red River Rivalry," is
traditionally played each year at the Cotton Bowl during the Texas State
The game has been played on Yom Kippur five times in the past, the first
time in 1940 and most recently in 1997, the Statesman reported. The
2014 game also is scheduled for Yom Kippur.
The online petition reads: "Next year, Texas-OU weekend falls on Yom
Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, a day dedicated to fasting
and repentance. The event is more than the game itself. It is the state
fair, the fried foods, college GameDay, and the atmosphere of a neutral
site game that cannot be duplicated. Over ten percent of undergraduate
students at the University of Texas (as well as countless alumni, season
ticket holders, and other supporters) are Jewish. For them to be forced
to choose between the holiest day in Judaism and the biggest day of the
year for Texas football (and the events surrounding the game) is