September 4th, 2012 12:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida, Texas A&M
Tags: ASAP, College Station, SEC, VP
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.
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