Recently, a billboard popped up in Gainesville, Florida, home of the Florida Gators (and incidentally the Aggies first-ever SEC opponent) which read:
You have been annexed by the Aggie Nation. The best academics and cleanest program in the SEC. Real football. Real tradition. WHOOP!
Best academics in the SEC? Vanderbilt may have something to say about that.
The sign is so splendidly ironic that people immediately began to wonder if the Aggies were truly responsible for it. But if they aren’t responsible, then who is?
A&M fans across social media quickly started pointing the finger at fans of their one-time arch-rival, the Texas Longhorns.
But some investigating by the Gainesville Sun proved that while Texas A&M officials did not approve the sign, it was indeed erected by fans of the school.
“Clear Channel is taking down the billboard”, said Jim Cullinan, head of communications for the company. “A Houston media company representing a group called Aggie Nation bought the billboard,” he said. ”To protect any trademark we’ll take it down, and if they resolve it, we’re happy to put it back up,” he added.
Part of me still refuses to believe that the Aggies could truly be responsible for the billboard because the irony is simply too perfectly ridiculous. Regardless, perception is reality, and if their SEC opponents truly believe they are responsible for the sign, things could get very ugly very quickly for the Texas A&M Aggies in their new conference home.