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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