Texas Tech bans T-shirt of Vick likeness hanging Texas A&M's dog mascot

from ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3056172

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech has banned the sale of a T-shirt bearing the likeness of Michael Vick hanging the dog mascot of rival Texas A&M.

The red and black shirts, with text that says "VICK 'EM" on the front in an apparent reference to the Aggies' slogan "Gig 'em," was created by a Tech student who was trying to sell them before Saturday's game in Lubbock.

The back of the shirt shows a football player wearing the No. 7 Vick jersey holding a rope with an image of the mascot Reveille at the end of a noose. Vick, who faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting charge, is suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

Tech officials late Tuesday announced the fraternity that sold the shirts was suspended temporarily and will face judicial review for allegedly violating the solicitation section of the students' code of conduct.

The school said it wouldn't allow the sale on campus of items that are "derogatory, inflammatory, insensitive, or in such bad taste."

No more shirts are being produced, the school said in a release.

A&M officials, in a statement, thanked Tech administrators for "their response and action regarding this matter."

Geoffrey Candia, the creator of the shirts who is with the Theta Chi fraternity, told The Associated Press they were taking full responsibility. "We realize the shirts shouldn't have been printed," he said.

He told The Battalion, A&M's newspaper, for Tuesday's editions that the university prohibited sale of the shirts on campus through his fraternity. He said he originally had wanted to give 50 percent of the proceeds to an animal defense league in Lubbock "because we knew there would be a controversy about the shirts, you know, animal rights, stuff like that." (editor's note: um, yea, sure you were gonna donate proceeds)

Candia told the newspaper about 300 had been sold. He had hoped 500 would be sold before Saturday's game.

In a posting on his Facebook site at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Candia wrote: "a little tshirt get aggies all worked up... its a t-shirt people!"

The controversy comes about 2½ months after Gerald Myers, Tech's athletic director, announced a campaign to promote good sportsmanship across the campus and at athletic events. The words used in the effort are honor, respect, pride and tradition.

Myers did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

"You can't make light of a situation like that," Tech media relations spokesman Chris Cook said. "That is in poor taste and poor judgment."

Robyn Katz, president of Tech's chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, said her organization "wouldn't take a dime" from Candia.

"If he really wanted to help promote anti-animal cruelty then he would donate time" at a no-kill shelter," she said. "He's really doing the Tech community a disservice. There's plenty of other ways to promote a rivalry."

Hostility between the two schools is nothing new.

In 1999, after a Tech football victory, Red Raiders fans pelted Aggies players with batteries and taunts. Tech fans tore down the goalposts and paraded them past the Aggies' bus.

In 2001, about 1,000 Tech celebrants tore down the goalposts, marched them the length of the field and pushed them into the A&M section of the stadium. Aggies threw ice and a skirmish ensued.

Then there were the tortillas. In 1992, Tech fans began tossing them like Frisbees onto the field during games. A year later, hundreds of tortillas -- many carrying unprintable messages -- were thrown during an A&M game.

The rivalry is not confined to the gridiron. Controversy followed two men's basketball games that A&M won in Lubbock.

In 1994, after a one-point, last-second decision, a jumble of punches and pushes broke out between the exiting Aggies and angry Tech fans. Aggie coach Tony Barone and two of his players ultimately paid $5,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from the fight.

In January 2000, referees counted A&M's shot in the final second to give the Aggies an 88-86 win. Then they overturned it. Then they overturned it again, giving the victory to A&M.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press


B said...

Whatever. Justify it all you like, but this shirt was created by a school who tore down their own goalpost in order to shove it into the Texas A&M section. All tech students are classless, and I have some great friends going there. I mean, who, besides Vick and multiple NFL players think killing dogs is humorous? Clearly Tech fans. If you are in support of these types of things, shirts, skewering people with goalposts...then maybe a school that has a reputation for being felons rather than future leaders is the place for you.

A&M students speak out, and please notice the distaste in their tones, but you never hear offensive comments coming from their mouths. Tech, get ready to be hated by the nation.


Ah, another thing to note. Texas Tech, you are NOT a rival for Texas A&M. You are simply just another public school that is in the Big 12 that needs to play on a Saturday. Tech has never ever been considered a "rival" for A&M. That word is reserved for real schools that have real skills, and by skills, I don't mean in the t-shirt printing business or slashing visitors' tires and keying their cars kind of skills. Don't even flatter yourself into thinking that you are any kind of rival except to people that have taste and morals.

Anonymous said...

Wow, so what's it mean when the school without "real skills" beats you?

BurnTees said...

ha! this is getting good.

btw, all i have to say is Go Rutgers!

Michael said...

taste and morals!?!?! So cloning a sheep so you have one more hot piece of ass on campus is morally apt? Look it up. OU has always been UT's rival, and the atm faggies are just on their jock b/c they are close to houston and have a ridiculous alumni. Its a cult, not a college. How hot are your cheerleaders? Oh yeah, they are all dudes. Macho. You may not admit that Tech is your rival but WE OWN YOU over the past 10 yrs in football. Remember when we tore down the goalposts and your shitty alumni tried to fight our students? taste and morals