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Updated: A&M billboard in Gainesville boasts ‘cleanest program in the SEC’

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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:

Sources have told CFT that possible culprits include:

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.

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33 Responses to “Updated: A&M billboard in Gainesville boasts ‘cleanest program in the SEC’”
  1. ghengy says: Sep 4, 2012 12:04 PM

    Muschamp did it. LOL

  2. mydixienormus says: Sep 4, 2012 12:08 PM

    TX A&M is very proud of their male cheerleaders. Just ask them….

    Seriously, they call them “Yell Leaders”.

    Some of the weirdest traditions in college football…

  3. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:14 PM

    My bets are that an Alabama fan or organization did it, or Nick Saban personally paid for it.

  4. deucez2 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:15 PM

    Either someone set the Aggys up or this is one of the greatest troll jobs ever.

    Whatever it is, aggy jokes write themselves.

    Dear SEC,

    They’re all yours now.

    Signed,
    The Rest of the Big 12

  5. deucez2 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:19 PM

    @mydixienormous:

    You mean THESE Aggie Yell Leaders?

    http://vimeo.com/m/26529303

  6. secucks says: Sep 4, 2012 12:21 PM

    Both colleges are tied at #58 (US News) but I’d expect the Aggys will dumb down since they are now part of the Special Education Conference.

  7. mydixienormus says: Sep 4, 2012 12:24 PM

    deucez2: Yes, those are the guys. In all their glory.

    How can any normal, reasonable fan thinks these guys are cool?

    A&M should be ashamed of themselves!

  8. sportsdrenched says: Sep 4, 2012 12:35 PM

    This is the kind of stuff that makes college football one of the best American inventions.

  9. jag8r904 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:56 PM

    I am a die hard Gator and while UF is either tied or ranked higher than A&M in all rankings that I have seen, I pretty sure Vandy has the bragging rights to both of these categories.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2012 1:42 PM

    Usually, or almost always, or maybe more often than that it is the football fans whose teams lose, whose teams are not very good, that are looking for something with which to gain some self-respect that revert to bragging about academic standards at their institution.

    If they were really good at football (or whatever sport or topic at hand) they would not mention academics. If you want great academics do what several co-workers did and get an Ivy League education. This is a college football blog. If you want bragging rights about academics then go to an academic blog and compete with those who go to Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, MIT, Yale, and others.

    Florida’s coaching staff could not have received a better motivation for their upcoming game. If Muschamp or other coach or Florida fan did not put up the billboard, it certainly is a great benefit to the Gators!

  11. florida727 says: Sep 4, 2012 2:10 PM

    From the LA Times:
    The NCAA sent a stern message Wednesday to one of its oft-troubled members, Texas A&M, taking the unusual step of placing the school on probation for five years as a result of rules violations involving the Aggies’ football program. Only two other schools–Southeastern Louisiana and Upsala College–have received probationary periods of a similar duration from the NCAA.

    Okay, okay, yeah, it’s from 1994, but who else took the time to post this just to get back at the cow-tippers? Seriously, thanks for the motivation. Typically one waits until they’ve at least earned the right to brag before doing so. At least now you can claim YOUR conference won the last 6 national titles :)

    As a Gator fan though, I’m definitely concerned about the game. We did not look good Saturday, and to make matters worse, we were playing a team coming off a 5-win season. Lots to work on. What will be interesting to see is how A&M reacts to an SEC-speed defense. Everyone focuses on the speed of guys like Gillislee and others on “O”, but it’s the defensive speed that’ll cause them the most problems. Good luck Aggies. See you Saturday. Welcome to the SEC.

  12. floridacock says: Sep 4, 2012 2:31 PM

    GAWD!! We’ve let in a bunch of palookas from Gooberville into the SEC!!! Who approved this??

  13. gogatorsjohn says: Sep 4, 2012 2:38 PM

    That’s funny! I am looking forward to mixing it up vs these newcomers in the SEC-should make for some interesting games and new rivalries!

  14. mgmac says: Sep 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    the Yell Leaders may seem weird however, they’re are 30,000 students at the game and another 50,000 former students and when they yell it is deafening. Kirk Herbstreit calls Kyle Field, “the best student in all college football”. Gig ‘em Aggies !!!

  15. guinsrule says: Sep 4, 2012 2:51 PM

    Once again Florida is the most overated team in the country. Someone tell the voters Meyer and Tebow aren’t there anymore…

  16. mgmac says: Sep 4, 2012 2:51 PM

    make that the best student SECTION in all college football

  17. floridacock says: Sep 4, 2012 3:29 PM

    Understandable comment on the best student section. What else is there to do?

  18. gogatorsjohn says: Sep 4, 2012 4:23 PM

    Florida has been rebuilding but I don’t think overrated at #23. I think that’s a reasonable spot until they prove otherwise on the field.

  19. gtizzo says: Sep 4, 2012 4:43 PM

    “Its not who plays dirty, it is who plays the dirtiest”

    Clean doesn’t win you anything in the SEC. If your not cheating then your not winning.

  20. foreverlsu says: Sep 4, 2012 5:00 PM

    stay classy, @gtizzo.

    Care to mention who your team is that never cheats? Get over your envy of the SEC and beat a team or two. Maybe life won’t be so miserable for you and other SEC haters when that happens.

  21. rockgate says: Sep 4, 2012 6:39 PM

    When the aggies left the Big 12 and joined the SEC, the average IQ of the athletes from both conferences went up at least 20 points…..

  22. malkinrulez says: Sep 4, 2012 8:16 PM

    Nama and LSU are beasts rest of sec average at best

  23. malkinrulez says: Sep 4, 2012 8:16 PM

    Bama ! iPhone apparently not a fan of the tide

  24. floridacock says: Sep 4, 2012 8:31 PM

    Obviolusly A&M’s booster responsible for this is a total coward. Come on out and let’s see who you are! Unless you are ashamed of your school.

  25. TxGrown says: Sep 4, 2012 9:16 PM

    It was Neal Boortz.

  26. nrbuckeye says: Sep 4, 2012 11:19 PM

    I bet a Mizzou alum is behind this billboard. You know to deflect attention from the other new addition.

  27. aggiealways says: Sep 5, 2012 12:47 AM

    As an Aggie, I thought this billboard a bit funny because there isn’t an aggie that would have put it up. The reason is that Aggies do not annex anything. The few who have the desire to be Aggies chose to set themselves apart from the crowd, not force anyone to join. It is our spirit to be independent that sets Aggieland apart from others.

    Some of our traditions may seem strange to those that do not know the history of our University.

    Aggies are proud to join the SEC.

    Win or lose on Saturday, we will be happy to have the Gator team and fans in College Station.

  28. zrockatm says: Sep 5, 2012 5:26 AM

    I’m an Ag, and I can promise you we’d never call ourselves “Aggie Nation.” In fact, almost all of us hate that phrase. My best guess would be a Baylor grad is involved.

  29. gogatorsjohn says: Sep 5, 2012 10:46 AM

    Yeah it was taken down. Why is it Florida always has to be on the road for College Gameday to show up. One of the best college football venues. Not that A&M doesn’t deserve, just the last few years UF has always been the road team when they come.

  30. gators7777 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:44 PM

    It wasn’t taken down ROFL ,It’s a fake billboard created on a website. You all are being trolled lol.

  31. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2012 5:36 PM

    There are so many reports on this, but I surely would like to know the author/source.

    Usually such a thing is reserved for in-state or near rivalries (LSU-Tulane, Alabama-Auburn, etc.) but possibly since the rivalry game between Texas and A&M is at least temporarily postponed, maybe this was a good chance for a fan to do some mischief.

    I am looking forward to the game between Florida and A&M with renewed interest. I am sure many others are as well. Maybe that is what the instigator desired to happen all along.

  32. splinter33 says: Sep 6, 2012 9:12 PM

    I remember in high school we gathered around our graffiti covered football field and talked about how childish it was that another school would do that. The next year we lit their bonfire for them a week early. As kids we really difnt think it was childish…we were just too prideful to admit we shoulda thought of it first. I’m not even an A&m fan but the gator supporters on here bad mouthing the billboard….stop. It’s harmless. Its what college football and the college experience is all about. If you can’t think of an equally harmless and clever way to get at the ags…then just shut up. Some great rivalries have started this way. But they only start when both parties can throw a jab and respect the jab being thrown at the same time. Your turn gators.

  33. 32maniac says: Sep 8, 2012 5:30 PM

    Only a Texan would want to annex swamp land.

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