September 12th, 2012 11:29 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida, Texas A&M
Tags: Aggie Nation, Gators, Texas Longhorn, UF
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.
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