OU and Texas will vie for the right to take the trophy home.
To the victor goes the trophy
A monument of triumph has been displayed prominently in the UOSA President's office for the past year. This Saturday it is at risk of taking a 370 mile trip south for a year-long relocation.
The Red River Rivalry trophy, as it is known, was developed last year by former OU Student Body President Alex Yaffe, and Katie King, UT's former student body president.
The winning team in the OU-Texas game receives the Golden Hat trophy. However, the Golden Hat is kept by the victorious athletic department while the Red River Rivalry trophy is for the students.
The trophy, which bears images of the two states and a miniature helmet of each school, was made in Norman last year and remained in the Conoco Student Leadership wing of Oklahoma Memorial Union after OU's 35-24 victory in Dallas in 2002.
Both current student body presidents say they believe their respective school will be taking the prize.
"It's staying on my bookcase in my office," said UOSA President Mary Millben.
Brian Haley, UT student body president, said he expects to see the award in Austin after this weekend.
"Of course it's coming to UT," he said. "We've got a good team that works hard and we're very confident we can beat OU this weekend."
Details of when and where the exchange will take place are still being worked out, Millben said. However, the meeting will take place in Dallas sometime after the game, she said.
OU has exchanged a trophy with the student body from Oklahoma State for several years, and last year's student leaders decided it was time to honor the Red River Rivalry with a similar trophy, Millben said.
"It's a fun, healthy rivalry," Millben said. "I think [the trophy] provides the student governments and student bodies of both schools with added excitement."
Haley said he enjoys the rivalry for its respectful nature and the class both teams' fans demonstrate.
"[The trophy's] not going anywhere, because Texas sucks," said Asher Killian, psychology senior and Congressional Administration chairman.
Killian said he is confident in a Sooner victory of 38-17 and said he would buy the entire student body pizza, to be served at next week's Student Congress meeting, should his prediction come true.
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