When Texas A&M pledged its support to the Big 12 instead of accepting a potential invitation from the SEC, the decision aggravated many Aggies fans who viewed it as a missed opportunity to escape Texas' shadow.
One fan expressed that viewpoint in an insult-laden email to Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne on Monday. That apparently prompted Byrne to respond with a fiery voicemail of his own.
The above clip is the voicemail a fan who goes by the message board name of bcsags04 insists Byrne left him in response to the angry email. SPORTSbyBROOKS edited the voicemail and posted it on YouTube Tuesday night, but be careful listening to it if you're at work because the message still contains some colorful language.
Texas A&M has yet to confirm that the voicemail is indeed from Byrne, but it certainly seems plausible that it is. The email the fan claims he sent Byrne would certainly draw an aggravated response out of most people, even if not everyone would have told the fan he "needs his [butt] kicked."
I am a third generation aggie and class of '06. my family and I, including many extend family members have had season tickets at kyle field for up to 20 yrs.
We also tailgate spending a lot of time and money during the fall in college station. That all ended today
We are canceling our season tickets and will never again donate to the 12th man until there is all new board of regents minus Gene Stallings, a new ad, new president (that guy is a disgrace).
Dollar bill, I hope you have time to pull your tongue out of dodds butt to read this email
The most ironic part of the situation is that many reports have suggested Byrne actually supported Texas A&M going to the SEC. The Aggies were set to leave until Texas returned to the negotiating table on Monday and agreed to return to the Big 12, putting Texas A&M in a position where it would have been responsible for destroying the rivalry and the conference if it left.
- Bill Byrne