Texas A&M Football: Gainesville Billboard During Florida Week Crosses the Line

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterSeptember 4, 2012

If there's one thing that we know about Texas A&M, it's that the Aggies are a prideful bunch.

There's pride, and then there's arrogance. A new billboard on a busy intersection in Gainesville is the latter.

According to Chris Harry of GatorZone.com, a billboard appeared at the corner of 13th Street and 53rd Avenue in Gainesville, Fla., just in time for game week between the Aggies and the Gators.

The billboard was not placed in Gainesville by the university, according to Jason Cook, vice president of marketing and communications for Texas A&M.

@gatorzonechris The Gainesville billboard was NOT placed by Texas A&M University. We are investigating.

— Jason Cook (@jason_cook) September 4, 2012

While the move is bold, the text of the billboard is even bolder.

The main text reads "You've been annexed by Aggie Nation," which is above smaller text that reads "The Best Academics & Cleanest Program in the SEC. Real Football. Real Tradition."

Cleanest program?

Texas A&M has been found guilty of major violations seven times, which is tied with Auburn for the most among SEC schools. Four of those instances were for violations in football, according to the NCAA.com database.

Accuracy aside, the boldness of this move can't be ignored.

Texas A&M has a lot of tradition, there's no arguing that. But "real football"?

Get real.

On the field, Texas A&M is known more for blowing big second-half leads—including one to the third-best team in the SEC, Arkansas, last season—than it is for winning championships. 

The newcomers may be excited about their SEC opener this weekend, but calm down a bit, please.

As was the case with Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson's slight toward the Georgia Bulldogs and the SEC after the Tigers' season opener, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

This billboard in Gainesville is certainly arrogant.

Win a few SEC games before pounding your chest, and then we'll talk about billboards on opponents' soil.

 

*Update*

According to Rachel George of USA Today, the billboard has been taken down.

Aggie billboard in Gainesville has come down. Clear Channel Outdoor rep cites trademark issues. #Gators #Aggies ow.ly/i/Ueg8

— Rachel George (@RachelAGeorge) September 4, 2012