It's the first recorded athletic competition in season between the Valley's two universities since 1950.
“UTPA is looking forward to this renewed friendly rivalry that we hope will become a tradition for years to come between the two South Texas campuses," UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas said. "I think the Rio Grande Valley is ready for another match-up between these two spirited teams."
"I have very much enjoyed working closely with UTPA and with President Cárdenas on many different issues," UTB/TSC President Dr. Juliet V. Garcia said. "But I also enjoy a bit of friendly competition on the field. So, I’m very excited about the renewal of the rivalry in athletics between UTB/TSC and UTPA."
To celebrate the historic match, Cárdenas and Garcia decided to make a friendly wager on the outcome of the match -- the loser will wear the collegiate apparel of the other university during a workday.
"Dr. Garcia and I have decided to have a little fun with it and make this friendly wager between ourselves," Cárdenas said. "UTPA is definitely up for the challenge and may the best team win. Of course, we know that our UTPA Lady Broncs will come out on top."
Garcia's response: "I wish our Scorpions the best of luck and suggest that they play hard and 'Sting’ em hard,' " a phrase used at UTB/TSC.
UTPA is a member of the NCAA Division I, and has played athletics as a four-year institution since 1952. The Broncs have won 10 matches and lost 16 so far this year.
UTB/TSC is in its second year as a member of the NAIA, after more than 70 years competing as a junior college. So far this year, the Scorpions have won 27 matches and lost six, and are ranked No. 20 in nation by the NAIA.
"Should the Scorpions win, I am prepared to honor our friendly wager and wear UTB/TSC’s blue and orange attire with pride," Cárdenas said. "No matter the outcome, UTPA and UTB/TSC have and will always remain each other’s best allies in higher education.”
When asked how she would feel wearing UTPA's green and orange, Garcia replied, "Let me put it this way, I've been told I look much better in blue and orange."