The story exploded thanks to the Internet, and now the Aggies have clarified their stance on the situation.
A little background:
On their way to their new conference, the SEC, the Texas A&M Aggies decided that they would upgrade their stadium by adding some “new” titles to their football resume.
After 92 years of claiming just one championship (which they won in 1939), they decided that they were going to now claim two new National Championship titles. So over the summer, they added “1919″ and “1927″ to the side of their stadium next to 1939 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
So how exactly did the Aggies win these titles?
From the original story:
In 1919, Illinois, Harvard, Notre Dame and A&M all received a national championship from at least 1 different publication, but Harvard and Illinois received the 1st place vote in more publications.
In 1927, Texas A&M received a retroactive national championship from the “Poling System”, a ranking method developed by a Mr. Polin in Ohio in 1935, but it was retroactively given to A&M for the 1927 season.
Even worse than going from one-time to three-time National Champions in a mere week’s time, the Aggies also added two additional Big 12 conference titles to their stadium facade. They added 1997 and 2010 under CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
So what’s the problem? Well, for one, why claim them now? For another, again, see our original story:
In 1997, the Aggies finished 6-2 in conference play and faced the 8-0 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big XII title game. They lost to the Big Red by a score of 54-15, but that didn’t stop them from claiming their Big 12 South title as a full-fledged conference championship.
They also now claim to have been conference champions in 2010. That’s partially true, but what they fail to mention is that they finished 3rd in a 3-way tie for the Big 12 South crown that season, and didn’t even represent the division in the Big 12 Championship game. But again, why not claim the title? They were close, right?
Our original story went viral, with websites, newspapers, and radio shows across the country ridiculing this move by the Texas A&M Aggies. Evidently, tired of being mocked, they have gone back and “corrected” the new additions to their stadium.
Now, just beneath their “brand new” conference titles (in much smaller font) you will read the words:
Well, at least they clarified that. “Big 12 Conference Champs, South Division” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “Big 12 Champs,” but it’s a start.
Now, Aggies, about those two “new” National Titles…