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Texas A&M billboard in Gainesville angers SEC foes, but are the Aggies responsible?

The Texas A&M Aggies are quickly wearing out their SEC welcome.

Recently, a billboard popped up in Gainesville, Florida, home of the Florida Gators (and incidentally the Aggies first-ever SEC opponent) which read:

Howdy Gainesville,

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 cleanest program in the SEC? Not quite. The Aggies are tied with the Auburn Tigers for the most major NCAA violations in the SEC.

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.