Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman is the latest administrator to stir the pot in college football smack talk while speaking to boosters.
These meetings are comparable to political rallies, with coaches, ADs and presidents playing the role of the candidate, firing up the fans with exactly what they want to hear. On Thursday night, Hyman kicked off the Brazos County A&M Club Coach's Night with a one-liner for the ages.
"What do the moon and Texas A&M have in common? They both control the Tide."
Brent Zwerneman was on hand to hear the quotes and share them with the world via Twitter. Of course, Hyman was referencing the Aggies 29-24 upset of Alabama in 2012. Before introducing Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Hyman added that he "wants to be able to say the same thing" in 2014.
Alabama will visit Kyle Field on Sept. 14 for the season opener of the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. Last season's upset has quickly made this year's game one of the highlights of the early-season schedule, a lightning rod for chatter in SEC country.
After Zwerneman posted the quotes to Twitter, that's when the real fun started.
First ESPN's Paul Finebaum chimed in, which led to a response from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin, who was also in attendance at the Coach's Night.