Tag:Bill Byrne
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 7:17 pm

Dust storm hits Lubbock

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Posted by Tom Fornelli

That photo above is not doctored in any way, and was taken by Texas Tech's associate director/athletics communications for football Scott Lacefield. It's of a giant dust storm that has hit Lubbock, Texas and is literally blocking out the sky.

This really doesn't have an effect on the Texas Tech football team, as the Red Raiders play in Oklahoma this weekend, but I figured the picture is just so amazing I had to share it here with the rest of you.

No word as of yet if this could all be part of Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne's plan for revenge.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 5:25 pm

Lone Star Showdown may survive, but when?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

After Texas A&M decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, it put the future of the Aggies annual showdown with Texas on Thanksgiving Day in jeopardy. For its part, Texas A&M has shown a willingness to continue the game, but Texas hasn't been nearly as willing. Well, that doesn't mean Texas A&M isn't going to stop trying.

Sure, the two schools have broken up, but that doesn't mean they can't get together for a cup of coffee, right? You know, just to talk.

According to a tweet from Kirk Bohls, Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin has authorized athletic director Bill Byrne to ask Texas out for that coffee date.

In another tweet Bohls shares that Loftin also said the game doesn't have to be on Thanksgiving if that doesn't work for Texas, and that A&M would be willing to play the game in September. "We're open to a date that meets all our needs," said Loftin.

Whether or not Texas will want to continue the tradition remains to be seen, but personally I know I'm hoping that the Longhorns agree to it. With so much history between the two schools, it'd be a shame to see their annual meeting come to an end, even if it's no longer a conference game.

UPDATE: According to Brent Zwerneman, Texas has already told Texas A&M they don't have room on the schedule until at least 2018
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:48 pm

Bill Byrne isn't finished with Texas Tech

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last weekend Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne took to his Twitter account to let the world know what Texas Tech fans had allegedly done to A&M's buses while in Lubbock. More specifically, the buses were covered in excrement and had naughty words spray-painted all over them. It was a story that received quite a bit of attention, and one that Texas Tech refuted after an investigation of its own.

According to Texas Tech, nobody spray-painted anything, but instead used shoe polish on the buses. Texas Tech also said that it wasn't feces on the bus, it was fish bait and that the buses had already been cleaned by hotel staff members before Byrne ever even saw them.

Yes, well, Bill Byrne isn't having that, Texas Tech. He addressed the situation one more time on his personal blog on Texas A&M's website.

"Finally, I don’t feel the need to defend my comments about the incident in Lubbock because whatever was thrown on that bus sure stunk and I know vandalism when I see it," wrote Byrne. "I took personal offense just as I would have if someone did this to my own car.  This was a first in my 28 years as an Athletic Director ... and hopefully a last."

Byrne also wanted to make sure that Texas Tech fans knew he was upset with them for other reasons besides the bus as well.

"One of the most disappointing things I observed during our game in Lubbock was the way the Texas Tech fans booed our injured players. Apparently, they felt the injuries were faked in an attempt to slow the game down. I was in the locker room after we won the game and can attest to the separated shoulder, dislocated elbow, knee injuries, and concussion suffered by members of our team. It was a hard hitting game. We don’t coach our athletes to fake injuries. We’ve never done it before, and we are not going to in the future."

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I don't think Texas A&M and Texas Tech are going to miss each other all that much.

Via Dr. Saturday
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 7:33 pm

Texas Tech refutes Byrne's claims about A&M bus

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Without question, one of the more disgusting stories we heard over the weekend came from Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne, who tweeted that a Texas A&M bus had been vandalized by Texas Tech fans. According to Byrne, the bus had been covered by excrement both inside and out, and had "vulgarities" spray-painted all over it.

As you can imagine, Byrne's claims received quite a bit of reaction.

Well, Texas Tech finally made an official statement about the matter today, and after an investigation into the matter, Texas Tech thinks Byrne made a mountain of feces out of a mole hill.

"The buses were not spray painted. Instead, washable shoe polish was used on the windows of one of the buses," said the Tech statement. "No feces were found either in or on the buses. Fish bait was dropped onto the floor of one of the buses."

The statement also said that the bus had been cleaned by bus drivers and hotel staff before Byrne ever even saw it.

Now, covering a bus in shoe polish and throwing fish bait into it isn't exactly polite, but compared to what Byrne claims happened, it's really not all that bad. Whatever happened or didn't happen to the bus, it's probably best for all parties that Texas A&M won't have to make another trip to Lubbock any time soon.
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 6:13 pm

Texas Tech fans vandalize Texas A&M buses

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With Texas A&M's move to the SEC, regular games against rivals such as Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor and other Big 12 schools will likely be over for the forseeable future. One underrated rivalry that will coming to an end is the Aggies game against the Red Raiders, who actually have a statue on campus where a horse's... posterior points toward College Station for a reason. The two sides have not gotten along very much at all recently and it appears some Tech fans have decided to leave an unplesant going away gift for A&M ahead of their game tonight, according to athletic director Bill Byrne.

Given that reception, it's easy to see why the Aggies have no problem discontinuing their series with the Red Raiders, especially those trips to Lubbock.

UPDATE: According to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Brent Zwerneman, Byrne said four buses were vandalized and the matter was turned over to police.
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:28 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 12:29 pm

Dodds talks LHN, Oklahoma and A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

John Hoover of the Tulsa World sat down for an exclusive interview with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, and Dodds shared some interesting info about Texas, the Longhorn Network, Texas A&M and the rivalry with Oklahoma. While the interview covered many areas, and if you're a fan of Texas or the Big 12 I suggest reading the entire thing, there were still a few areas that really caught my attention.

For instance, when Dodds was talking about where the idea of the Longhorn Network came from, he explained that, ironically enough, it was an idea that he shared with Texas A&M's Bill Byrne.

"I called Bill Byrne over at A&M and said, 'You know, I don't think we've got enough money or inventory to put on a 24/7 channel, but are you interested in helping us be a part of it?' And he pretty much said no," Dodds told Hoover. "So we just kept digging and digging and digging and Fox got a little interested and said they'd do it and that they'd pay us, and we said, 'Well, that's good stuff.' Then ESPN got interested and they said they'd do it and pay us more. So we are where we are."

Dodds also talked about keeping the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl and whether or not the game might have to be moved to the campuses.

"Joe (Castiglione, athletic director at OU) and I have talked about that. Circumstances - you know, conference things - might dictate something different, but I don't see - I don't want to do it, and I know Joe doesn't want to do it," said Dodds. "So it'd take some circumstances outside of our control to make that happen.

"It could have happened. But ... we would have gone down fighting to keep the game. It's just that important to Oklahoma and Texas. I don't mean the schools, I mean the states."

Finally, when Dodds was asked about preserving the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M he made it sound like not only did he think it wasn't possible, but also that it wasn't very important either.

"Well, they're out of the conference and we're scheduled up for 10 years. So I think it's different," said Dodds.

"That game - the rivalry game for us has always been Oklahoma. The A&M game's been a great game and all of that. And we may play 'em. But it's not something that we have to do. I think the Oklahoma game is something we have to do."

Those comments don't bode well for the future of the rivalry between the Longhorns and the Aggies.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:33 am

A&M AD: We want 'Horns as nonconference game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Long before Texas A&M's move the SEC became official (as it did Sunday afternoon), fans on both sides have wondered what would become of the Aggies longtime -- and at 117 years, we do mean longtime -- rivalry with the University of Texas.
While the traditional Thanksgiving series' ultimate fate is yet to be determined, what we do know is that things were left solely up to the Aggies, the rivalry would remain intact. That's the word from Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne, who per CBSSports.com RapidReporter Brent Zwerneman said Tuesday that "we would like that to continue."

“We’ve been competing 117 years,” Byrne said. “It’s such a storied tradition."

Byrne's support (and A&M's) give the rivalry a shot at survivial. But since it naturally takes that support from both sides to work, it remains unlikely the two teams will continue playing. Just six days ago, Longhorn athletic director DeLoss Dodds forecasted an end to the rivalry if the Aggies completed their jump to the SEC, saying "I think it will be hard to schedule that game."

And it would be. particularly if the Big 12 expands into a 10-team league with a nine-game true round robin schedule. In addition to denying the Longhorns a lucrative annual home game (one they would have the rights to show on the Longhorn Network), it's hard to argue the 'Horns owe the Aggies much of anything after A&M's decision destabilized Texas's preferred conference home and may have driven them into the "Pac-16," if the Pac-12 had been willing to expand.

Agges fans (and administrators) would no doubt respond that it was Texas's unwillingness to share revenue equally and their forging ahead with the LHN that destabilized the Big 12 first, before A&M even considered leaving.

Frankly, there's no winners on either side of the argument. But unless Texas is willing to back down and scheudule the game, it won't much matter how A&M feels about it--there aren't going to be any winners between the two schools on the football field, either.

Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 12:22 pm

SEC to discuss A&M on Sunday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you've spent any time on Twitter or message boards lately, then you've probably heard the news that the SEC has expanded to a 64-team league at this point, as schools from all over the country have been rumored to be joining the league. Realistically, though, it appears that there is only one team that is serious about joining the league, and that would be Texas A&M.

Of course, just because a team is interested in the SEC that doesn't always mean the SEC's interest is mutual, but according to a report in the New York Times, the SEC will meet in a secret location on Sunday to discuss the possibility of bringing Texas A&M into the conference.

Pete Thamel reports that a high-ranking SEC official has told him that the league presidents will meet at a secret location on Sunday to discuss the move, and that there's a "30 to 40 percent chance" that the SEC presidents will decide against A&M joining the fold. The reason for that is because the SEC has no plans to expand to just 13 teams, and it would need another school to complete any expansion.

“We realize if we do this, we have to have the 14th,” the SEC official told the paper. “No name has been thrown out. This thing is much slower out of the shoot than the media and blogs have made it.” 

In other words, that report you heard on Saturday morning about Texas A&M, Clemson, Florida State and Missouri all joining the SEC to form the first super conference is a bit premature. Missouri AD Mike Alden told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that there was "nothing" to the report and that Missouri isn't talking to anybody.

The Big 12 athletic directors are scheduled to have a conference call with commissioner Dan Beebe on Saturday afternoon with every AD except Texas A&M's Bill Byrne expected to be on the call. However, before you read too far into that, remember that Byrne is currently in Europe at the moment.
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