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Reveling in the Reviling: A handful of programs that Aggies most detest

May 24, 2022
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Old-time rocker George Thorogood once bragged he wore a cobra snake necktie while asking “Who Do You Love?”

If Thorogood was playing The Tap this weekend, he’d be better served to ask “Who do you hate?”

Who are the snakes of college athletics that Aggies most detest?

Obviously, Texas always has and always will top at the list of A&M’s most reviled. Of course, the Red Raiders, Baylor Bears, Houston Cougars and TCU Horned Frogs have been on it, too.

But reactions to A&M’s success in recruiting and on-field competition have expanded the list and maybe even re-arranged some rankings of the reviled.

A&M has long had a disdain for LSU. The disgust multiplied back in the 1990s when LSU canceled the annual series because A&M beat the Tigers six times in a seven-year span.

There was also that fiasco with Harvey Williams, aka “The Louisiana Purchase.”

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Some in Baton Rouge might still be upset about Texas A&M’s 74-72 win over LSU from four years ago.

Also, LSU fans are probably still whining about A&M’s seven-overtime victory in 2018.

Of course, LSU isn’t the only SEC rival with which A&M has a problem.

Though Arkansas and A&M share a mutual loathing of Texas, they disprove the ancient proverb: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Aggies and Razorbacks aren’t friends.

Aggies don’t want to be, especially with all the recent whining coming out of Fayetteville regarding A&M and Incarnate Word (not World) mutually deciding to cancel a meaningless midweek baseball game this week.

Oklahoma is another example. The Sooners also detest Texas, but that’s where the common ground with A&M ends.

Remember back in 2013 when former coach Bob Stoops questioned the strength of Southeastern Conference football? Since then, the SEC has produced five national champions.

And now Oklahoma wants to join the SEC. Of course.

But what really irks Aggies is Sooners' reaction to A&M’s success in football recruiting.

Smug Oklahoma fans assumed A&M center Bryce Foster and defensive lineman Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy were guaranteed to join the Sooners. When both chose A&M, there were internet attacks on them. There were also accusations that A&M cheated to get them.

Let that sink in.

Sooners, whose past is as checkered as Tennessee end zones, were baselessly accusing another program of cheating.

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Texas A&M and Oklahoma haven’t met on the gridiron since Johnny Manziel & Co. embarrassed the Sooners in the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic.

Don’t throw stones in glass houses.

Almost everyone hates Notre Dame, but A&M certainly has its reasons.

It was ridiculous enough that Notre Dame was chosen for the College Football Playoff over A&M in 2020, but adding to the Dame disdain was Notre Dame Vice President Lou Nanni’s irresponsible and untrue tweet about the myth that A&M paid $30 million to land its 2022 recruiting class.

No doubt, Aggies in general — and Jimbo Fisher, in particular — are looking forward to games against Notre Dame in 2024 and 2025.

Of course, the additional abhorred adversaries don’t necessarily have to be relegated to rival programs. Aggies seemingly have learned to detest individuals as well.

Aggies have learned to dislike Ole Miss. An honest question, though: Do Aggies have more disdain for Ole Miss or for Rebels’ coach Lane Kiffin?

Kiffin drew A&M's ire by suggesting the Aggies pay a luxury tax for its recruiting class. Another irresponsible statement from the coach of a program that actually has been proven to pay players (hello, Laremy Tunsil) before NIL came into effect.

Aggies also have issues with media types like Darren Rovell, Dennis Dodd, Danny Kanell, Joel Klatt and Kirk Herbstreit, the Big 12 Conference overall and Southeastern Conference officiating.

Remember Georgia receiver George Pickens grabbing the face mask of A&M cornerback Debione Renfro to create separation for a 16-yard touchdown pass? Remember how no yellow flags were thrown?

Alabama also seems to frequently get favorable officiating against A&M.

A&M doesn’t like Alabama, but the opponent’s success isn’t really a reason for hatred. Winning is the goal, after all.

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At SEC Media Days in 2021, Saban spoke about Bryce Young’s large NIL deals prior to the eventual-Heisman winner taking a meaningful snap for the Crimson Tide.

However, when coach Nick Saban accuses A&M of buying its entire 2022 recruiting class without citing evidence is a reason for hatred.

Especially, when a year ago Saban was bragging quarterback Bryce Young had a $1 million deal before taking a meaningful snap. The hypocrisy makes the stomach turn.

So I ask Aggies…who or what really makes your stomach turn? Who or what should be the top five on A&M’s most reviled list?

I’m guessing it’s:

1. Texas
2. Saban
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Lane Kiffin

Is that accurate? I'm wondering what would be the consensus top-five. So, let me adjust my cobra snake necktie and ask you, Aggies:

Who do you hate?

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Reveling in the Reviling: A handful of programs that Aggies most detest

9,818 Views | 34 Replies | Last: 26 days ago by Showstopper
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Let go of your hate, Olin.

Let love in.
Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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My list

Texas
LSU
Tech
Arky
Saban
DeadCiv
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Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
and especially,
Texas
Aggie_Nuke
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Sorry, Number 2 for me is Notre Dame.... included in that is Lou Holtz, since he was also at Arkansas


The ONLY valid ANNUAL goal for ALL Aggie Sports is a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

Gig'em !
FTAC '73
TxFig
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1. Tech.
2. Mike Leech
2. Saban
3. Officials when we play 'bama
4. Texas
5. Baylor (because of their fans - gawd I can't stand them)
jsmc71
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I hate every school we play, its players and coaches, with equal fervor.
dixichkn
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1) LSU
2) tu
3) Saban just earned his way into the top 3
4) Greg Sankey
5) any NCAA selection committee
jigsaw87
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AWP 97
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DeadCiv said:

Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
and especially,
Texas


This. The only school I hate is tu. I dislike many others but I save all of my true hatred for the longhorns.
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1. tu
2. zero-u
3. Saban (just about 50 spots in this weeks poll)
4. fu (Florida, the tu of the south-southeast)
5. Reserving a place for ncaa selection committees following baseball tournament seeding.
aTmBonfire
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1) tu
2) Sankey
3) tu
4) Sankey
5) tu
Cotton79
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Somewhere in all this, DeLoss Dodds belongs. Totally separate from tu as a school... he deserves a special place in hell as well as on this list.


The Agly Duckling
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1. t.u.
2. Dennis Dodd
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Bama
Stone44
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1. tu
2. baylor
3. ou
4.lsu
5. gumps
Jlove1770
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1. texas, their fans and their entitled behavior
2. LSU
3. Oklahoma
4. Alabama
5. Notre Dame bc of early 90s Cotton Bowls
bulverdeaggie93
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so do we like anyone?
IamGroot
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Left out Zero U. Can't get past that 77-0 beatdown.
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#FJB
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bulverdeaggie93 said:

so do we like anyone?
Kansas... in football only....
cavscout96
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1. tu
2a. LSU
2b. Bama /Saban / Gump fans
3. Arkansas
4. Tech
5. OM
6. tOSU
7. Mich
8. USC(w)
9a. Muschamp
9b. Kiffen
10. zero U

(dis)Honorable Mention

Oregon
UCLA
OSU
UT
UGA


laruejd
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Kiffin's "luxury tax" comment was obviously a joke. He did not accuse us of anything illegal. Saban's comment about every single recruit being bought was not a joke, just a lie. Had he said 1 recruit was bought or even 15, it would have been more believable. Very hard to find 28, 5 and 4 star recruits and not a few honest ones in the bunch (or at least honest parents, these are mostly 17 year olds).
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sips
sips
sips
LSU
Alabama
Ag Tag
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Vanderbilt
joe5283@aol.com
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When you learn to laugh at yourself, everybody will quit laughing at you.
shanecroker
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1. tu
2. LSU
3. Saban
4., Kiffin
5. player portal
shanecroker
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Ag Tag said:

Vanderbilt
???
shanecroker
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laruejd said:

Kiffin's "luxury tax" comment was obviously a joke. He did not accuse us of anything illegal. Saban's comment about every single recruit being bought was not a joke, just a lie. Had he said 1 recruit was bought or even 15, it would have been more believable. Very hard to find 28, 5 and 4 star recruits and not a few honest ones in the bunch (or at least honest parents, these are mostly 17 year olds).
Kiffin is a "Joke!"
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Texas
Texas Tech
LSU
Arkansas
Alabama




Cow Pie & Fries
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A list without Baylor is blasphemous….
maroon89
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1. The ref who called the penalty on us in 2011, who was later seen wearing t.u. hoodie.
2. o.u. because of 77-0
3. saban because of 59-0
4. lsu because 50-7
5. every loser that posts on surly texas and tiger dropping.

6. we can beat arky for the next 20 years straight, and I still won't feel sorry fo them
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tu
bu
ou
ark
olm
ontheway
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Like it
Arrakis ecologist
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Olin missed a great title, it SHOULD have been


Reveille: Reveling in the Reviling
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Cow Pie & Fries said:

A list without Baylor is blasphemous….
Seriously. I feel like I must be the only one who feels a little bit of joy every time I see a score update with Baylor losing. I'm pretty sure every time Baylor loses, an angel gets its wings.
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