Not one game into the 2012 season, someone with Texas A&M interest has decided to stir the pot ahead of this Saturday’s game between the Aggies and the Florida Gators by putting up a billboard in Gainesville boasting better academics and a cleaner athletic program.
Now that you’ve finished laughing, check out the picture of the sign, courtesy of Chris Harry of GatorZone.com. The billboard reads as follows:
“Howdy, Gainesville. You’ve been annexed by Aggie Nation, the best academics & cleanest program in the SEC. WHOOP!
“Real Football. Real Tradition.”
Woah there, Aggies. Y’all better be careful or Jeff Driskel’s going to use that as motivation to throw for, like, 100 yards on you guys.
The question, though, is who would have the stones, the money and a BAC of well over .08 to put up a billboard in enemy territory for a game that hasn’t happened yet. Before anyone goes any further, A&M has already officially denied any involvement:
@gatorzonechris The Gainesville billboard was NOT placed by Texas A&M University. We are investigating.
— Jason Cook (@jason_cook) September 4, 2012
Sources have told CFT that possible culprits include:
- The Longhorn Network (though there are questions about whether anyone would have seen the billboard in that case)
- Dan Beebe
- Jackie Sherrill, ironically
In any case, the fact that someone(s) paid for a billboard boasting two things that I’m pretty sure are factually incorrect is very SEC. Very SEC indeed.
(Photo credit: GatorZone.com)
Updated 4:35 ET: Apparently the billboard has already taken down, per Rachel George of USA Today. It was fun while it last I suppose.