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There's a new billboard in Waco

Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 2:51 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Remember a time, long, long ago in which Texas A&M was deciding it was through with the Big 12 and was leaving for the SEC? Those were the ancient days of August 2011 when Texas A&M was destroying college football. Now, a few school defections and nearly two dead conferences later, Texas A&M is still officially a member of the Big 12 even though it wants to leave. That's due to a lawsuit that Baylor is threatening to file against the SEC, and the SEC doesn't want to do anything with the threat of litigation hanging over its head.

So it seems that some Texas A&M supporters have figured out a way to approach Baylor and try to get the school to let go. They've done this by putting up a billboard in Waco that appeals to Baylor's Christian sensibilities.

Now, I haven't been to church in a long time, but I did see Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments last spring, and I'm pretty sure that wasn't on on either of the stone tablets that Chuck brought down from the mountain. I could be wrong, though. 

Via @DerekAggie06 

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2013 8:06 am

There's a new billboard in Waco

I continually to project and beg for 5 superconferences of 24 teams each


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:16 am

There's a new billboard in Waco

Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 11:40 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

Success is cashing you $300000000 check and not caring who ESPN is making deals with to air the network!

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:18 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

So success is launching a network that is not even carried on the biggest 2 cable provider's lineups in Austin.  Ha!

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:13 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

How about a new Ivy League superconference with all the Ivy League schools joined by the four Texas private schools (Baylor, Rice, SMU, TCU), Brigham Young, Northwestern, Stanford, and Vanderbilt? The current Ivy League schools could be the Eastern Division of the Ivy Super-Conference and the eight new members could be the Western Division? Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:02 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

I vaguely remember reading once that then-Governor Ann Richards wouldn't let the Texas schools belonging to the Southwest Conference who wanted to join the then-Big Eight join unless the then-Big Eight also accepted Baylor. Is/was that true? Also, doesn't Texas' new Longhorn Network have something to do with the other schools, except Baylor, wanting to leave the now-Big Twelve since they feel the Longhorn Network gives Texas an unfair recruiting advantage? Personally, I think Texas A & M would be a good fit in the SEC with natural rivalries with both Arkansas and LSU. Baylor should just shut up and follow Texas into the Pac-64 conference or whatever it will be called, although I think they'd be better suited for the WAC or MWC where they can compete with institutions of similar size.

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:49 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

Someone should put a billboard in College Station that reads... "Thou Shalt Not Covet thy BIG BROTHERS Success"

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:40 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

If any institution is to BLAME it is the ACC.  They started stealing schools at least as far back as 1979 when they poached Ga Tech from the SEC.

Georgia Tech competed as an Independent from 1964 until they were accepted into the ACC.  Georgia Tech left the SEC in 1964 due to an irreconcilable difference between then head football coach Bobby Dodd and Alabama head coach Bear Bryant. 

IMO, "If any institution is to blame".......... it is the University of Texas.  They learned how to be greedy very early with their heavy-handed control of the Southwest Conference.  The SWC had a long history of inequitable money distribution....and assorted other little rules, e.g. it barred any University of Arkansas alumnus from being a football referee.  With 8 of the 9 teams being from Texas, that pretty much assured that any referee would be from the state of Texas.  Don't think for a minute that when UT expressed an "opinion" that all the other minor Texas schools didn't "toe the line".  Give Texas A&M some credit though, on a few occasions they attempted to rein in the systemic unfairness that UT imposed upon the conference.  There is an encylopedia of events that the University of Arkansas had to overcome in regard to the Texas only referee rule, but for the sake of expedience just reference the ARK vs SMU game of 1978.....  and I quote....

"In short: Arkansas was playing SMU at Texas Stadium. SMU had Dickerson and Craig James ... “The Pony Express”.

Back in the SWC days, referees for Arkansas games could not be from Arkansas (for fear of "cheating"). Arkansas’ Nathan Jones was called for defensive pass interference, (sounds alot like ARK vs FLA 2009) which put the ball inside the Red Zone. SMU went on score and the game ended in a 17-17 TIE; nonetheless, this gave SMU the Conference Championship as Arkansas had lost to Baylor earlier in the season. 

The controversy was that there was no defensive pass interference.  It was clearly OFFENSIVE pass interference, and everybody in the stadium and in TV Land saw it---except the Texas ref.  In a post-game interview, the SMU player reportedly said he was play-acting, hoping to get the ref to throw a flag, the Texas referee that called the interference was quoted after the game as saying"  Hey, it was SMU, they were supposed to win this game."

Don't let the Big 8 cry about it now.  If they had done ANY homework they knew what they were getting themselves into.  This mess was no "pig in a poke" (yeah, look it up that's no pun).  Did the Big 8 ever really delve into why a nationally prominent team and CHARTER member of a conference would elect to leave 79 years of tradition and rivalry behind?  It only took Nebraska and Colorado a decade or so to learn that lesson.  Of course, when Arkansas left they were stepping off a ledge.  They had already demonstrated to Nebraska and Colorado that the world wouldn't come to an end by changing conferences.

Getting back to the point, Baylor is just pathetic for threatening to sue the SEC.  They should be suing the University of Texas.  But even that maggot Ken Starr realizes that that would be political suicide in the state of Texas.

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:14 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

I think this is hilarious, good to see someone still has a sense of humor.  After all isn't college football supposed to be fun? Hats off the the A&M fans who did this.

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:09 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

Deucehgj, you make an excellent point, I wonder if any one can answer this question?

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