I’m posting this for a Texas Alumni serving in Afghanistan. I added his email address below and I’ve requested his snail mail address so we can get him some ‘Horn stuff and mail, the life-blood of overseas military duty (I know, I’ve been there). So far the Ex Student’s Association’s getting him a Longhorn Flag. Let’s help Cecil and his fellow soldiers out (factual info is NOT disrespectful, like 69-34-5), let him know we appreciate his service and keep up the contact and support as our 2002 season’s start. According to today’s email filling his inbox with email will NOT be a problem…\m/
“I'm a UT grad (Aerospace Eng - '99) and currently in the 82nd ABN Division stationed in Kandahar with a few other Longhorns, also in Division, that fortunately just arrived. Conditions are austere, to say the least, but we're all proud to serve and look forward to eliminating terrorism in this, or any, part of the world.
Here's my situation... There are three Aggies and several more Aggie fans in my Brigade that constantly try to put UT down. (Jealousy, I know!) Unfortunately, all out-rank me. So, I have to limit and monitor my responses as not to "disrespect a senior officer." The Aggies and I are constantly making remarks about each others school/teams and the "fine" graduates of each. Football season approaches, but with the mail system the way it is here, I thought I'd send this now.
Our Assistant Operations Officer (an Aggie) and I have gotten into a friendly little dispute. He claimed that UT cannot beat A&M's support of soldiers because of the Corp's "Aggie Spirit" and sense of soldier camaraderie. I told him "BS", or some other colorfully choice words.
Any information or help would be greatly appreciated!
Hook 'em Horns(!) and "All the Way!"
Strickland, Cecil [StricklandC@KAF.CJTF180.ARMY.MIL]”
Tom, I'm actually already working on this too. I have an email in to the guy, but haven't heard back from him. I'll try him again.
The Longhorn Sports Network has already donated a free Season Ticket (videos of all of the games) that they are going to send to them. I'm putting together a "care package" of Longhorn goodies, flags and koozies and stuff to send to them. If you email him, ask him whether they want VHS or DVD on the videos and what address to send stuff to.
Let's use this thread to show the guys our support!
Our Defense Field Activity has 4 LH and 3 Ags. The ags dont talk much to each other and even distrust oneanother. The LH have a good ol boy netz and go to the Thirsty Thursdays when not working late. None of the ags watched their bowl game--could they all be 2 pissanters?
Just in case this did not get to Cecil. Hook'em Horns from Humble, Texas! I read information on the hornfans website that you and a number of other incredible Longhorns are serving our country in the posh resort of Kandahar. My heart and those of all other Horns swell with pride knowing that all of you stand guard so that we can enjoy the freedom to attend the Texas vs M&A game this year and witness the Aggies getting kicked all over Darrell Royal Memorial Stadium! Thank all of you for your sacrifice, the Aggies will be sacrificed in November!
On a serious note, University of Texas alumni everywhere, and all Americans, are proud of each and every one of you for your contribution to our country. School rivals are fun, but what really counts is that we are all God's Children and Americans. My wife and I graduated from UT in the 70's. Our son is about to start his second year on the 40 acres and is enjoying that freedom because of the price that you and all of those in our armed forces are paying. Thank you. The business that all of you are about is serious and Americans back home certainly understand that. Our military is a topic of conversation everywhere I go. Your Aggie friends should be proud of their spirit, Horns should be equally be proud of theirs, but the American Spirit of bravery and sacrifice for our country is not limited by the school one attends.
Take care of each other and come home safe.....All of us are cheering for all of you even though you can't hear us. You are the real heros, don't think we don't know it. God speed to Longhorns and Aggies alike, and to all of those who love and defend freedom.
P.S. I don't know if you can receive things. If you can, send me your address, the particulars, and what is on your wish list, and I'll take care of it.
8/21/02 Kandahar Update
Short version: Cecil can't log onto Hornfans but CAN recieve Email so add him to your address list "StricklandC@KAF.CJTF180.ARMY.MIL". Until his access improves(unlikely), I offer to post his replies under "xx/xx/xx Kandahar Update"
Tried to get on the HornsFan site, but the internet's pipeline is about the size of a coffee stir-stick trying to funnel the pacific ocean...net result = no such luck. We're discouraged (though, not banned) from using the internet because of the andwidth issue. Email is not a problem, though. Well, not really. I can receive email just fine, but sending is sporadic. So, if you could let everyone know that if they don't get a response to
their emails, it's not because I didn't send one. Personnaly, I think the issue is with our ad hoc exchange server. But, hey...I can't complain. If you'd told me twelve years ago when I was enlisted that I'd be in a combat zone with air conditioned tents, computers and the internet, I'd have asked
you if you were smoking crack. (oops...soap box...) Anyway...
I wanted to thank you and all of the other Longhorns for your rapid response and support. I recieved 5 emails within a couple of hours of emailing you.
WOW!!! I wanted to log onto the website to personnaly thank everyone for their support. It honestly makes me proud to be associated with such supportive people. Anything sent to me will be shared between us Longhorns. Hopefully, our
My address is
TF 3-505 PIR
APO, AE 09355
Thank you all VERY MUCH!!! Beat North Texas!
This was his reply to me, can we do the DVD thing for him?
Not sure if this will make it out, or not...sending email out is spotty. Reveiving email is fine, but sending is another story.
Wanted to thank each of you. I was very impressed, and joyed, by the timeliness and amount of responses to my email with Tom Richey. Thank you very much!!!!
I appreciate your support, though, whether you send anything, or not. You can be assured anything that IS sent to me will be shared with the other Longhorns...especially any games. Not trying to be picky, but VHS tapes are starting to suffer from the same problems floppy disks are. The heat and dust are killing them before they can be used. We've had to start using CD-RW and DVD for almost everything. If games ARE copied and sent, I'd appreciate the word got out for DVD.
My address is
TF 3-505 PIR
APO, AE 09355
Again, thank you for your support of our Longhorns and our soldiers.
Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 11:17 PM
Subject: God Bless you and Hook'em Horns
I am class of '84 and truly am thankful for the work that you and your fellow soldiers do. If there is anything I can do for you please ask. I will tape games and mail them, etc.
James, that is really generous of you to offer to tape the games. The Longhorn Sports Network has already arranged to donate the full season on DVD to these guys. They'll be getting the games sent out immediately after the game is over so they can watch the Longhorns kick ass along with the rest of us this season.
Now that we have Cecil settled on the DVD solution, a few of us need to sign up w Longhorn Sports Net for the DVD Season Ticket so they can make back their costs for donating to our troops in Afganistan. Sorta support the business supporting our troops.
OK, that's my EXCUSE... Any others who want to piggy back on my excuse, feel free. Now I need to polish this up so I can use it at home... Any suggestions LHG?
He claimed that UT cannot beat A&M's support of soldiers because of the Corp's "Aggie Spirit" and sense of soldier camaraderie.
A&M commissions more 2nd Lt's through ROTC than any other university in the nation, save the military academies. Most UT 2nd Lt's go through OCS. If this fact alone does not lead you to believe that A&M has a greater support for its soldiers than does UT, you are not familiar with the military.
Maybe you should delete suAggie's post and mine to keep this thread from becoming yet another pissing contest. Pretty poor form suAggie. How does number of commissions = support for soldiers?
some smack I sent along for Cecil (thought I'd post it so his factual info doesn't get too redundant)...
Saw your post on Hornfans, and I must say our boys in the field certainly have many comforts of home. See if some point in your career you can transfer to "Bondsteel" (largest base in Europe) in Kosovo. They have EVERYTHING here, including a Burger King and Wal-mart like PX. I'm not a soldier but working for the UN in the capital of Kosovo, also graduated in 99'.
I'm putting together a collection of Aggie smackdown for UT grads everywhere. Since you can't look at different web sites I've attached copies of the sites. I don't know if you're familiar with the BBC news but it's pretty much THE standard in international news. Any pommes you meet will back that up. Here is a little of what the BBC thinks about Texas A&M (the rest is attached along with link).
" If Texas can be described as “big” and “freaky”, then in the greatest concentration of “big freakiness” exists at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas. Located halfway between Houston and Waco, Texas A&M is the fourth largest university in the United States boasting approximately 45,000 students. It is most well known for its cult-like conservative following and its eccentric traditions.”(attached as BBC on A&M.doc)
Were these guys in the Corps at A&M? Do you remember the allegations of sexual assault on Corps freshman while we were at UT? Ask these guys that outrank you if they too had to "suck [censored]" to become a Corps member. Wait, maybe that's not a good idea, you could forward this but they may think you're coming on to them.
A&M Corps member accuses fellow cadet of sexual assualt Freshman alleges sophomore forced oral sex in dorm room
Ashley Kosiewicz Daily Texan Staff
A male freshman member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University filed a sexual assault complaint against another male cadet last week.
According to the the Texas A&M University Police Department, the freshman cadet, whose name was not released, alleged that on Nov. 7 a sophomore cadet entered his dorm room, knocked him down to the floor and forcibly performed oral sex on him.
The police also declined to release the sophomore's name.
The sophomore cadet was questioned by A&M police last Friday, during which he denied the allegations, said Bob Wiatt, director of the police department.
The freshman filed the complaint with police Nov. 11, but subsequently decided not to press criminal charges, Wiatt said.
The sophomore has been cleared of all criminal charges, but the University has decided to investigate to see if there has been a violation of University Student Rules, which spell out guidelines for student behavior, Wiatt said.
The sophomore has been removed from his dorm and suspended from the Corps until the matter is resolved, said Brian Hager, commanding officer of the two students' Corps division.
Hager said alcohol may have been involved in the alleged incident. The sophomore may have had "a few drinks" during the Texas A&M-Oklahoma football game on Nov. 7, the day the sexual assault allegedly occurred, he said.
Hager added that people should not pass judgment until the matter is resolved.
"It's all an allegation. You can't say something is true if it's just an allegation," he said.
If the University determines a violation might have occurred, a hearing would be held where officials from the Department of Student Life and the Corps of Cadets would interview the two students and any possible witnesses.
If found guilty of a violation, the sophomore could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to expulsion from school, Wiatt said.
The 2,100-member Corps of Cadets is one of the oldest and largest student organizations at A&M, having recruited 800 new freshmen this year.
Will Shrank, recruiting coordinator for the Corps, is confident that the alleged incident was isolated and will not adversely effect enrollment.
"It's an unfortunate incident but it's just one incident," Shrank said. "I don't expect it to change students' decisions to join the Corps." (No, it should only encourage the latent CS closet homosexual)
No doubt the "humping it" tradition was probably born within the Corps of Cadets. (Humping It: Position taken by an Aggie when giving a yell. To do this, put your hands on your knees and bend forward at the waist. as seen on official website)
Obviously, there is a reason for this kind of behavior and Maxim magazine just shed a little light on the subject. In Maxim's latest college ranking…
"23. TEXAS A&M
"...fans may not be doing a lot of kissing in the stands, but if you’ve glimpsed College Station’s female populace, you know that’s no jagged " (attached full ranking Mack gets ripped)
Incidentally, Playboy ranked Texas #1 for having the hottest women in the nation.
The Link 10. University of Georgia
9. East Carolina
8. University of Colorado
7. University of Alabama
6. Florida State
5. University of Arizona
4. University of Florida
2. Arizona State
1. University of Texas
(will attach some masturbatory material, I’m sure you need it out there. It’s a photo of the Texas playboy entry.)
The Ags may spout off about A&M making the first tier universities in USN&WR for the first time. The only thing that got them into the first tier is the fact that in USN&WR they factor in alumni giving percentage into the equation. A&M’s is obviously very high due to the fish camp brainwashing they receive, part of the CULTure. Academically, A&M is in a class with Tulane while UT is in a class with North Carolina and Vanderbilt.
“The first thing I will admit about A&M is that it is very conservative. While most of the students are open-minded about the differences between us, there is a small yet visible group of students who are very close-minded. The one flaw I can point out about A&M is that people of minorities—whether a religious minority, a racial minority, or a minority based on sexual orientation—are not necessarily encouraged to come here by what they see. . . . Honestly, we are a school of white, heterosexual, Christian students.”
Did you hear about the latest A&M PR embarrassment? They “accidentally” called A&M classless clowns in their media guide. Hence, tell them to stop giving you such a hard time and to focus on their REAL rival T TECH. A&M is 2 and 5 against Tech in the last seven years… pathetic. Here’s what Jim Rome had to say about the snafu. -----------------
As you know, media guides are pretty worthless in nature. It’s the collection of garbage, so-called sports information that is pumped out by organizations and universities every year. The S.I.D. (Sports Information Director) rolls together a bunch of facts, figures and other unimportant minutia and puts a front and back cover on it. If you’re not closely associated to the player or team (i.e. family) it has no value whatsoever. Well, not until now.
The Texas A&M Media Guide has all the requisite stuff about the school, the players, the overall history of the program, et al. But it also has something that no other guide has. It has it’s own Smack Down section for a rival school.
In the A&M guide, a piece from an Aggies alumni magazine was reprinted which slammed rival school Texas Tech. You might remember that Tech beat A&M last year in football and the A&M fans are still more than slightly bent.
It called the Tech fans “Classless Clowns”. How about that for still being bitter, almost a year later. Not only that, said the fans were ‘even uglier than a barren stretch of dirt some West Texans call a city”. That’s not too personal.
You lose one game to these guys and this is where it goes? What happens if there is a losing streak and Tech runs off like 5 in a row? What then? Do you go to the “Bobby Knight” card? Ooops, too late. They did that too.
The guide went on to say that “No school in America better deserves Bobby Knight than Texas Tech”. Classic. Not that it matters that Tech went to the Basketball NCAA’s and A&M didn’t, but it’s great smack nonetheless.
I have to admit, I’ll be rooting for Tech to extend the streak over A&M. It could only lead to more great smack.
The dumbasses then spent 50,000 to put stickers on the pages with the offensive language.
Don’t forget A$M was established as a branch of UT. The Constitution of 1876 provided for the establishment of the University of Texas and made Texas A&M, which had been founded by the legislature in 1871, a branch of it.
attached a few more articles (for a thread around T+1) which equates A$M's glory years on the football field to cheating. From the NCAA database...
As a result of the findings of major violations of NCAA rules in this case, Texas A&M has become one of three universities to receive seven public penalties imposed for such violations since 1952.
more to come.
Hook'em and stay safe!
Lured by the prospect of gaining converts at Texas A&M University, a church group that's been branded a cult by critics and banned from college campuses around the nation is planning to set up a church in the Bryan-College Station area.
"We want to get down there as soon as we can," said Randy Moon, an evangelist with the Dallas-Fort Worth Church of Christ Jesus, an affiliate of the International Church of Christ.
"Anyone who wanders around the world saying 'Hell yeah, I'm from Texas' deserves whatever the hell happens to them."
-Hunter S. Thompson
This post started as a good hearted attempt to show support for UT troops overseas. However, a comparsion concerning the support levels A&M and UT have for 'thier troops" was made.
I responded, representing an A&M voice, to simply explain how there is a large difference between the universities, military-wise, that I was not sure most longhorns were aware of.
Your response seems to be a collection of 'material' which leads me to believe you are on some crusade to condemn Aggies everywhere on every level not only as soldiers but as human beings.
Our posts have no similarities and I truly feel sorry for all the hate that has built up in you.
Seriously, repeat after me....
"I'm alright, your alright, were all Gods children."
I think that if you said that every morning after you woke up you would find yourself a happier person in the long run. You might even find that your "collection" does not have the deeper meaning you thought it did.
Personally I think Aggies are no better or worse than anyone else on earth, including Longhorns. We are what we are.
I am proud of all Longhorn soldiers overseas and wish them and their's the very best. I'm sorry if I have hurt anyone's feelings in leading them to believe otherwise but if my post is read carefully, and not judged by my handle, I think most people can understand my true intention.