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Did Texas A&M Prank Texas with Genetically Altered Flowers?

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja attenuata) and Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) field, Hill Country, Texas (Photo by: Minden Pictures/AP Images)
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott/ Minden Pictures
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2014

The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry suffered a major blow when the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC, but the rivalry may be continuing to bloom.

Even after Texas A&M left the conference, pranks between the two schools have continued. Now, the Longhorns are left wondering if the Aggies are behind a flower mystery.

The bluebonnet is Texas' state flower, so seeing them on the Austin campus isn't a big surprise. However, seeing genetically modified bluebonnets raises questions, according to KEYE TV's Cassie Gallo.

Texas program coordinator for irrigation and water conservation Markus Hogue said that bluebonnet seeds were planted next to the University of Texas Tower a few years ago. Now that the flowers have started to bloom, the prank war may have heated up. The bluebonnets are maroon, which has left the Longhorns puzzled.

Hogue spoke about the issue, via Gallo:

It's definitely going to get worse. They are going to keep multiplying. It is just a weird coincidence that the only place that we have them on campus that we know of is right by the tower.

As of now, the maroon bluebonnets are only by the Tower. However, seeds will start to spread as time goes on and more of the flowers will be present. 

In Gallo's report, one Longhorns student is not putting it past the Aggies to pull off a prank like this.

"That wouldn't surprise me," student Cassie Lissak said. "They can't bring the competition on the playing fields so they might as well bring it with their green thumb." 

Right now, it's only speculation that Texas A&M is behind the prank. That's enough to drive the people at Texas crazy, but that's what sports are all about.

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