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Lawmaker Wants To Force Iowa To Play These Schools

Herky the Hawk performs during game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Herky the hawk, mascot for the Iowa Hawkeyes performs against the Michigan State Spartans during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michigan State won 66-61. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Basketball fans in the state of Iowa seem to adore the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic that pits the four biggest basketball programs in the state against each other. In fact, some people enjoy it so much that they're using positions in government to make it a law for the teams to play each other.

According to WHOTV, Iowa State Senator Jeff Danielson, a Northern Iowa alum, is planning a bill that would have three Iowa teams - Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa - play each other annually. An amendment to the bill could add Drake University into the mix.

"Why is it that we cannot, in a state of three million people, figure out for those programs to play each other regularly. I actually think that is a failure of public policy and that is the business we are in. Let's solve that problem."

Currently the Big Four Classic features Iowa and Iowa State playing against some combination of Northern Iowa and Drake University on an annual basis.

"For a home and home series among the three but I'm also open if there are other considerations." An amendment could include private Drake University as well. The Senate Democrat said, "The bill is an opportunity to offer a solution, a requirement."

"I'm not just going to let that go with what we know of right now. I don't think that is acceptable to Iowans. Sometimes the legislative process can create a new opportunity to talk about it and that's my goal."

Iowa and Iowa State already play each other annually as part of a historic rivalry.