Jewish students at the University of Texas are organizing a petition drive. Their goal: to move next year's class Texas - Oklahoma matchup off of Yom Kippur. The 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 unfair.
Sunset should be a bit after 7 that night. Perhaps they can defer the game til 9:00 - giving fans time to run home from synagogue, snarf a bagel with whitefish salad, and get settled on the couch. And fans who plan to attend the game can simply atone in Dallas. Surely there will be a market for the Yom Kippur-only "Red Rivalry Membership Special" at local shuls.