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A&M Puts Out Official “It Wasn’t Us” Statement Regarding Gainesville Billboard

Jason Cook — the VP of marketing and communications at Texas A&M — just sent his school’s official statement regarding the Gainesville billboard to MrSEC.com.  Here’s what it says:

 

“This billboard was not placed by Texas A&M University, and it is certainly not reflective of how we have handled our transition into the SEC. We are investigating aggressively, as we believe that our institutional trademarks have been infringed upon. Texas A&M has tremendous respect for the University of Florida, and we look forward to hosting the Gators in our first SEC football game this weekend.”

 

I don’t think anyone for a second believes the university was behind the placement of a trash-talking billboard in Gainesville, but it’s still a wise move by the folks at A&M to make that point explicitly clear.  If there’s anyone upset by this affair, you can bet it’s the people in the A&M administration and on the Aggie coaching staff.

As I stated in my initial post on this affair, all it takes is one oaf to ruin a party.  So was this oaf an Aggie, a Gator trying to motivate his own squad, or someone connected to another program altogether?  Clearly, the folks in College Station are trying to figure that one out ASAP.

 


4 comments
Walter
Walter

"So was this oaf an Aggie"

 

We have as man "oafs" as any other fan base, so I won't suggest that it's implausible that one of ours could stupid and embarass us by talking smack on a billboard.

 

So I'll put it this way...

 

An Aggie talking smack on a billboard?  Very possible.

 

An Aggie talking academic smack on a billboard?  possible I suppose, but I'm skeptical at that point.

 

An Aggie talking NCAA infraction smack on a billboard?  Nope, I just can't suspend disbelief long enough to put this one in play.  Even more than the "Aggie Nation" phrasing which isn't used among Aggies, the key tell is the infraction smack.  Somebody is trolling A&M (and the SEC) using the media.

 

The NCAA infraction smack would fit the MO for both Texas and Baylor.  But the academic smack ironically is a huge Baylor tell.  While Texas actually is a strong academic university, the majority of their fans don't care about the school, just the football team.  Baylor alums however (there is no such thing as a Baylor fan who didn't attend there) have a strong belief that they are the academic power in the State and that the only reason they aren't acknowledged as such is because the liberal media is biased against them.  Academic smack is right in the their wheelhouse.

 

The more I read it the more obvious it is that it's a Baylor troll.  And you have to admit it's a masterful job, because it got exactly the reaction they were hoping for.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

A&M probably has not much legal ground here, but the administration instituted a very aggressive trademark protection in the last 5 years or so, going after (and winning) a lawsuit against the Seatle Seahawks, and forcing the Denver Bronco's to cease and desist with use of A&M trademarks. So, if this is just a group of gomers, no matter where they came from, they will most likely have to spend a couple of bucks on legal fees. Loftin may look like a bow tie wearing dweeb, but he and the President of UF are close friends, and the move to the SEC was gutsy, so I expect A&M is going to try to find out who this (or these) morons are.

catfishaggie
catfishaggie

 @BonzaiB 

I don't think they are going to need to go the trademark route. If you look in the past year newspapers constantly report of those that bought billboards that are anti Romney or anti Obama. If they can find and report that I'm sure Clear Channel will give A&M some info at least. The only thing on the billboard that could be trademark infringement, and I say could be is the term "Whoop" (only Upperclassmen and Former Students can yell this out) that is because the term Aggie Nation does not exist on the campus. We Aggies refer to it to Aggieland, hell it's even on the water tower on campus.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @catfishaggie Nah, Whoop is not trademarked. I just happen to know some real Tebow fanatics in Colorado, so got an earful on the trademark infringement issues last year with the Bronco's and A&M. The real deal is that A&M will use their lawyers to make it uncomfortable (I think) for the guys who put this up. It could be a stupid Ag, but if it is, I'm sure you guys will read the moron the riot act. My brother was in Sig Eps at UF. The closest thing I can think of to the Corps of Cadets at A&M is a frat, and just bad to get called out by the leadership of the frat. Its college ball though, and college ball is famous for bringing out the stupid in folks.

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