The University of Texas System is at a crossroads as its regents gather in Austin on Thursday to vote on two controversial questions, including whether they want to try to withhold information from legislators. Lawmakers have signaled a willingness to punish the regents if they don't follow a certain path. But this tension is nothing new. It’s the product of a two-year rift between prominent people with competing higher education philosophies that has engulfed the system, its flagship university and the Capitol.