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A&M exaggerated vandalism claim, Tech says

Two days after A&M's athletic director claimed he smelled feces on the Aggie buses, Tech officials release a new side to the story after Monday's investigation.

Posted: October 10, 2011 - 9:40pm  |  Updated: October 11, 2011 - 12:03am
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Two days after Texas A&M’s athletic director told The Avalanche-Journal he smelled feces on Aggie football team buses, Texas Tech officials said information from a Monday investigation reveals a different story.

A&M athletic director Bill Byrne posted a message on his Twitter account that their team buses were spray-painted and animal feces were spread inside and outside of the buses early Saturday morning.

A Monday statement from Texas Tech said:

■ ”The buses were not spray painted. Instead, washable shoe polish was used on the windows of one of the buses.”

The buses were from Coach America in Dallas and were parked in the parking lot of the Holiday inn on Avenue Q when the incident occurred.

Blayne Beal, associate athletic director of communication, talked with the hotel manager, who told him the buses were cleaned within minutes by the bus drivers and a hotel staff member.

The manager said A&M officials never saw the buses, according to Beal.

The fish bait was put in one of the buses that had been left unlocked. Beal said he did not know what type of bait it was.

Chris Cook, director of communications for Tech, talked to Tech Police Chief Ron Seacrist about what happened Saturday.

Seacrist told Cook a member of Texas A&M’s police department called Seacrist on Saturday and told him he’d gotten to the scene as they were finishing up cleaning the buses. He told Seacrist the buses were cleaned up before A&M officials arrived.

Seacrist, Cook said, said the A&M official told him he wanted to let Seacrist know what had happened and added it was not something they wanted in the media, but wanted Seacrist to be aware.

However, the tweet was made by A&M’s athletic director, and it was read over the air by the broadcast announcers during the game and was re-tweeted by national sports writers.

Texas Tech commented after the initial reports that such incidents are inappropriate and strongly condemned by Texas Tech.

A Tech statement issued after Monday’s investigation included a pointed addition:

“It is no less wrong to condemn the entirety of our university, students and supporters by posting inaccurate information on the Internet for the purpose of sensationalizing the actions of one or a very few. We are disturbed by the careless use of social media to share these inaccuracies.”

Calls by The Avalanche-Journal to two members of the A&M sports information staff were not returned Monday.

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■ ”No feces were found either in or on the buses. Fish bait was dropped onto the floor of one of the buses.”

■ ”The alleged ‘vandalism’ was cleaned by the bus drivers and Holiday Inn staff before it was seen by the A&M official who tweeted the information.”

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Who's whining, alamo Z?

Who's whining, alamo Z? Aggies have whined every year that you've come here. Just so happens....this time you won. I simply made a statement that I'd rather lose by playing by the rules than win by cheating. Not whining. Enjoy the rest of your season.

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sbark1

We beat you at life.

Beating you in football the last 3 years was icing on the cake.

And why the hell would I practice in Lubbock? So I can surround myself with idiots who do all the crap mentioned here? Believe me, there is nothing the "people of Lubbock" can do to pay me back for my comments. I stand behind them 100%. You guys are the lamest, and trashiest school there is...and amazingly you revel in that fact like a dog rolling around in cowshit. I've visited your campus for the A&M-Tech game in '99 and haven't been back since. Every school has their share of "bad fans" but tceh I'm starting to think that when they are kicked out of those other schools they wind up at tceh.

And I realize that as a loser you need to come up with an excuse. You need to validate your team's loss. So if you need say A&M was faking injuries just to help soften the blow of your team sucking, I'm okay with that. Cause I know the truth. Our players weren't faking...one had a concussion (didn't return), one dislocated his elbow (didn't return) and one had a stinger in his neck (out for practice last two days).

I realize making EXCUSES is a cornerstone of the tceh education...as evidenced by the tceh admin's actions on the vandalism and the whining of your post.

Grow up and grow a pair. Enjoy never winning a conference or division title...you guys are making a great go at that.

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And alamo Z....You should be

And alamo Z....You should be hanging out on hornfans and KState's forums. I hear they really like the cheap hit ya'll put on Stephens over there (NOT!). Too bad you didn't go to any BCS bowls while you were in the lowly Big 12....because you sure won't be going in the future. Have fun.

Are you guys going to lay down on the basketball court and roll around like little babies, too? LOL!

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Aggies

When you play Baylor this week , what excuses will there be? I hope RG3 AND THE BEARS KICK YOUR AGGIES REARS!!! When you go to the SEC, NOT SOON ENOUGH, and you get Smeared by Alabama,Im going to enjoy every td they run up on you. ha ha..

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floatlander

Hilarious that you have to "hope" for other teams to do what your team can't.

Your existence must be miserable.

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@AggieArchitect04

That's entertaining stuff right there. Best of luck to you, AggieArchitect04. Hope you have a great day and week!

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And actually....I believe the

And actually....I believe the one with the "dislocated elbow" did return.

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AGGIE ARCHITECT

HA HA MUST HAD HIT A SORE SPOT. ITS so sad that your team has to fake injurys so they can stay in the game and are too stupid to adjust in time. and talk about class, you have none.poor ol Aggie, I bet your coachs are so proud of screwing up Erics knees.

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Have a nice day and dont ride any stinky buses lol

ha ha lol

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Well which is it...was he faking an injury or

did he have a dislocated elbow?

You're losing credibility by the second.

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All this hostility

reminds me of the race riot on the A&M campus back in '71. A large crowd of black protesters had gathered outside one of the dorms, and were chanting slogans and shaking fists. A bunch of Aggies on the upper floors threw sticks of dynamite down at the rioters; the rioters lit them and threw them back.

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floatlander

Scoreboard. How's that for sore.

Definitely hope your WR recovers. But that's football. It's a physical game and you might get hurt. One thing is for sure...no Aggies boo'd him while he was down. Karma's a [filtered word] ain't it.

Also we adjusted just fine since we scored more points than tceh.

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Fish Bait?

Sounds to me like we didn't do it right. Feces and aggies go together like peas and carrots.

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All these excuses

Remind me of when tceh was relevant and competed for conference championships.

Oh wait. That never happened.

(giggle)

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cut thru it

When all of these comments are over, the bottom line is that Tech got their rear-ends kicked and a bunch of 'tards had too much time on their hands to stay away from the Holiday Inn..................

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Aggie Architecture?

Wow, they let aggies design buildings? I wouldn't set foot in a building designed by an aggie after that bonfire incident.

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Few things

Pretty sure a player with a dislocated elbow can run off the field, instead of laying down for several minutes. You are right, losing to that Aggies does stink. Tech has a winning record during the Big XII and during my lifetime also. A&M has an overall winning record. Losing this rivalry will hurt a bit, but watching the ags do horrible helps. I am looking forward to the SEC saying "These dorks are the bizarre."

Joe

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Alright. I've been corrected

Alright. I've been corrected again. Apparently no report has to be made and The cops don't even have to be notified of a crime for it to be prosecuted. My bad.

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What a total dufus. Have a

What a total dufus. Have a nice day.

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@CommonSense

Weird user name for you.

Chances are you probably have been in a bldg designed and built by an Aggie.

Nice crack at the Bonfire though and making fun of 12 folks dying. What can you serve up next...jokes about 9/11?

Good to see you upholding the image of a tceh fan.

I know, I know...you're just supporting your team the only way you know how.

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AggieArchitect04

AggieArchitect04,

One good rule in life is that you should think before you speak. With that being said you should know that your comments about us trashy do nothing with our lives alumni are pretty outrageous. Last time I checked A&M does not have a medical school, well where do think most aggies that want to be doctors go to get their MD. That's right TECH! My brother who graduated from Tech with a masters, PHD and MD had count em 10 former aggies in is medical school class. That means they all got a degree from Texas Tech Medical school. Makes me kind of wonder what they are doing with their trashy do nothing lives!!!!

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Which School is known for vandalism?

Now which school is known for vandalism? Hmmm... TTU shoe polish a bus aTm paint statue and steal mascot to brand a football score.

I think I would rather be know for shoe polish then theft and branding an animal.

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RedRaider00

I have no problem with you defending your Aggie friends who had no choice but to go to tceh.

I find that refreshing. Certainly better than having your alumni and admin endorse and support the behavior shown this weekend.

Do you honestly think your Aggie w/ Tech degree friends are at all prideful about the reputation you guys have at games?

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Duckie

You guys took the cake when you vandalized your own school and property belonging to your local businesses.

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Missing the point

I think a lot of people are missing the point in their comments. A high ranking (athletic director) official lied and has yet to correct it. He lied to smear TTU. I thought an Aggie doesn't lie, I guess I was wrong. He tweeted about vandalism which is very very unprofessional. Bill Byrne is a LIAR and there is nothing he can do to get away from that except to retract or apologize.

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He didn't lie

He said that the buses were vandalized. They were.

If he mistook shoe polish for spray and fish bait for manure that's not a lie, that's just him being incorrect.

But, does that part really matter?

Probably not. The point is that tceh fans broke into a vehicle and vandalized property not belonging to them.

I'm fine with him bringing this to light and I think twitter is a fine way to do it.

Why should he admit fault when nobody are your university can?

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AggieArchitect04 must not

AggieArchitect04 must not have a lot of work to do. Wonder why.

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the dude never saw any paint nor bait

why was it "spray" paint, and manure? Also, was only one window of one bus painted? he has an extremely vivid imagination.....i.e. he makes up s..tuff....he lies.....

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bait waste

Whoever used fish bait (you know who you are); should have kept it for future use! As my dear old dad used to say, "Some people are like catfish, all mouth and no brains"!

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sbark1

Must be on welfare. Wonder why.

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