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Texas A&M Already Helping SEC’s Academic Image


Go back and look at that picture again.  Really, take a second, I’ll be here.

Notice anything… peculiar?

That’s right, one of our proud conference’s newest schools has made quite the gaffe, apparently not even knowing what states have schools in our wonderful SEC.

The shirt above shows a section of the United States map which, supposedly, depicts the home states of SEC schools.  However, for some reason the designer decided to throw North Carolina in the mix, just for fun.  It would be one thing if North Carolina were a hotbed for football powerhouses (like Texas A&M wants to be); then it would make sense to throw them into the SEC, which has been the best football conference for several years now.  But North Carolina is a worse football state than Kentucky.  There’s no reason for Texas A&M to even know they exist, much less put them on their shirts.

But not only did the shirt designers add a state that shouldn’t be there, they left out a couple states that should, including themselves.  Unlike the Big East, the Big 12 doesn’t care when their schools leave, so both A&M are joining this year.  I understand that they’re not in quite yet, but if the whole point of the shirt is to celebrate/commemorate being in the conference, you figure you’d put yourself on it, right?

The outfitter responsible for the shirt either was told about the error, or actually looked at the shirt, and issued an apology explanation that didn’t even try to make excuses.

Howdy Ags — This is Aggieland Outfitters. I thought I’d repost this under a new personal account to follow the guidelines of

All I can say is we messed up on this shirt.

Sometimes mistakes happen and we just plain missed it.

Hopefully we didn’t ruin anyone’s day with this.


Aggieland Outfitters

Oh, please, you didn’t ruin my day. Quite the opposite, in fact.  After almost having a heart attack yesterday for three wonderful, then agonizing seconds, I needed some kind of goofy distraction.  A&M delivered in a pinch, proving that they’re just another team for us to beat in both basketball and the ever-sexy geography bees.  Can we get a team for that, please?  I’ll coach it.  I don’t know if we’d win, but I know we wouldn’t get last.

Article written by Corey Nichols

30 Comments for Texas A&M Already Helping SEC’s Academic Image

  1. Oops
    9:02 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    They also forgot to put Texas on there.

  2. Dacci
    9:06 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Exactly 1, I think that is even a bigger mistake….

  3. Iwant12
    9:07 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Notice how KY sets on top of the SEC?

  4. what the
    9:09 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Gig’em? Is that some Texas version of Quagmire?

  5. UK Rifle >>>> WVU Rifle
    9:10 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    The back has Texas on it, and early in the realignment discussion they wanted TAMU and UNC. Since the discussion has been going on for 2 years maybe it was a backward dig at getting Missouri instead, and not UNC that they wanted. In the original plan they were the only BXII school that was supposed to be joining the SEC.

  6. kentuckyrules
    9:12 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    3) I was thinking the same thing!! Tx A&M knows their place already…Kentucky ON TOP!

  7. Squall
    9:12 am April 18, 2012 Permalink


  8. Rockfield,KY
    9:20 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    No Texas or Missouri. Well thought out design there, Aggieland.

  9. GapToothDanny
    9:21 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Pikeville plaque guy > A&M t-shirt guy

  10. lldjr
    9:22 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Texas is on the back of the shirt.

  11. Let's be honest
    9:28 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    NC is a better football state than KY. It has

  12. Let's be honest
    9:30 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    cont’d- more talented prospects, universities (dont forget ECU), and even has a professional team.

  13. Legion
    9:31 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Hasn’t anyone noticed that Kentucky clearly sits on top on this shirt? I know that geographically that is also true, but this shirt just symbolizes that UK is on top.

  14. NotInsertNameHere
    9:36 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently the website that makes this shirt is notorious for making awful shirts. Not to mention inaccurate AND awful shirts.

  15. Dipstick Freemont
    9:36 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    “including themselves” 1 & 2, or maybe you did read the post and original version didn’t realize Texas not being in the map.

    UNC worse than UK in football should be a post all by itself. Worth a debate.

    13….yes, I don’t know how anyone could think the state of Kentucky is NOT on the top, but isn’t Louisville higher than Lexington on that map as well….WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!!??

  16. Blealand
    9:42 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    And apparently they shrunk the state of KY by about 15%

  17. Blue Balls
    10:02 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    As a lifelong resident of KY and a UK grad, let me just say we are in no position to make fun of academics in other states. Let’s stick to what we’re good at

  18. 2chainz
    10:05 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    UNC,ECU, and NC State would beat UK in football. UNC played poorly and beat UofL last year. Hell with this year’s team, I’m not sure Duke and Wake Forest can’t be added to the list.

  19. 3cats
    10:33 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    # 17 get a life… it’s all in fun. Evey state takes shots at Ky every chance they get.We send one back and you what to tell us to back down, You may want to change you name from blue balls, you would not be so up tigh.

  20. Tayshaun
    10:36 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Looks to me like they were simply trying to make the shape of the State of TX by using the States in the SEC but couldn’t do it without including NC. kind of a reach, don’t you think?

  21. Eric
    10:49 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Is it just me or is everyone tired of the “mistakes happen” excuse???

  22. Goose
    10:50 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    It looks like they were trying to replicate the shape of Texas…lol

  23. TN Cat
    11:14 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Corey sucks so bad. Maybe he should have read the whole article before he posted this crap. He would have known Texas was on the back of the shirt.

  24. Kwildcat
    11:22 am April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Is it any wonder why the world makes fun of the Aggies now???????

  25. bluebloodtoo
    12:42 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if they paid the royalties for the use of the SEC logo?

  26. ransmith
    1:11 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Well the inclusion/exclusion of states was a mistake. Still I like the concept and look forward to them joining the SEC!!

  27. jcpostel
    3:04 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Nice shirt.. thats the only time Kentucky will be on top of SEC football this year

  28. Steven
    6:08 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    As a lifelong UK fan and student at Texas A&M I can assure you the creator of this shirt is known for making mistakes. This is the same company that makes shirts that say Texas A&M Corp_ of Cadets and not Corps of Cadets. So, it is of no surprise to me they messed this up. Gig’em Ags and Go Big Blue!

  29. Steven
    6:12 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Also, Texas A&M is a Tier 1 Research University, so I don’t think the academic jokes are really a strong argument. However, I still love the Big Blue Nation! Go Cats!

  30. Trigr
    6:48 pm April 19, 2012 Permalink

    All the states put together resembles the shape of texas.