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A&M’s Sumlin Says UF Players Were “Flopping Around” Saturday; Plus A Billboard Update

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin might have lost Saturday’s game with Florida, but that didn’t stop him from taking a shot at the Gators’ conditioning… or, perhaps, their acting.  According to Brent Zwerneman of The Houston Chronicle, the Aggie coach took a dig at UF during a press conference yesterday:

 

“Sumlin said his team appeared in good shape in the opener against Florida and ‘it wasn’t our team flopping around on the field in the second half.’ I asked him if the Gators’ ‘flopping around’ was because of conditioning or something else. ‘You were there,’ he responded.”

 

Well, now.  It seems Sumlin’s got a little edge to him.  Between Will Muschamp’s comments about College Station this offseason, a pro-Aggie billboard in Gainesville last week, and this comment/accusation from Sumlin it looks as though Texas A&M and Florida are quickly developing a nice little rivalry.

Speaking of that billboard, when last we left the story Texas A&M University had gotten the sign taken down, had made it clear that the school was not involved in it ever going up, and had told us at MrSEC.com that they were “getting close to identifying the purchaser.”  The purchaser turned out to be a group calling itself “Aggie Nation.”  A contract tying that group to a pro-Texas Longhorn website soon started appearing on A&M messageboards, but said contract was soon branded as fake.

So where are things now?  According to Jason Cook — TAMU’s VP or marketing and communications — the school has “sent a cease and desist letter to the organization on file for purchasing the media, and are continuing to pursue aggressively.”

Here’s the thing, though — If A&M officials find that someone with Texas or Baylor ties, for example, was behind the purchase of that billboard, you can bet they’ll let the whole world know about it.  But if we never hear who indeed was behind that braggadocious sign, the more it will look like A&M’s investigation led back to an actual Aggie fan or fan group.

 


5 comments
G8R8U2
G8R8U2

Well, Sumlin is right about 1 thing, it definitely wasn't his team flopping around in the second half... the only member of his team that got a workout in the second half was their punter.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

john,

 

On the billboard watch the GameDay video and note the large sign to the side in the background - not sure if it was done to mimic the Gainesville billboard or that was "Aggie Nation" but it will be interesting to see how it all ends. Was there any truth the Gainesville billboard was replaced with a pro Gator one, or is the pic floating around the internet a photoshop.

 

Enquiring minds want to know! :)

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Bubba Gump...

 

If the billboard you refer to is talking about how A&M envies Florida, then that's a fake.  The photoshopper sent it to me.

 

John

Mark R
Mark R

I like A&M and Florida developing a rivalry.

 

It is nice to regain the one with Arkansas (from the old Southwest Conference days) and LSU (near neighbor), but to see the flagship schools of the two largest states where the SEC has a presence getting it on is epic.

AginFM
AginFM

Let's hope Sumlin's "edge" is what the Ags need to get past those second half flops. About the billboard, I submit that a third scenario might be that the identity of the owner may never be found and we hear nothing more about it.  At some point, it may take more legal action to find the owners and it is at that point you have to say "let it go, time to move on".  Whether it was a sip, an Ag or an unknown, we pretty much all agree the billboard was not a brilliant idea.

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