Texas A&M AD Reacts to Harsh E-mail

You may have seen this a couple of weeks ago but it was too good to pass up…especially since the timing coincided with Lee Fowler’s last day in Raleigh.

Some Texas A&M Aggie fans are disappointed about the results – or lack thereof – of the recent expansion merry-go-round as they were hoping that the Aggies would leave the Big 12 for a spot in the SEC. Although this move may not have produced any more in the win column, it would have let the Aggie faithful get out-and-about a bit more.

Amidst some of this angst, an e-mail was sent to A&M AD Bill Byrne. It read:

Hey assholes

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

Sincere regards
Richard Rogge

Hilarious, I know, but maybe not so appropriate? Nonetheless, that is the beauty of e-mail and any communication void of face-to-face interaction. You can say pretty much whatever you want and it is just written off into the annals of cyberspace. Well, apparently Byrne did not feel this e-mail be taken lightly, and promptly responded with a voice mail message to Mr. Rogge.

The voice mail was not becoming of Byrne, who basically called Rogge a sissy for voicing his anger in an e-mail instead of in person, like any decent man of course. He gave Rogge his direct office line and told him that he deserved to have his ass kicked. Can’t really say that I blame him too much though, given the almost bullying e-mail he received.

Was Bill Byrne completely unprofessional? (He apologized, naturally.) Of course. But is he any worse than a guy who starts of a poorly formatted email with “hey assholes”? I want to hear the phone conversation between the emailer and the AD. The one where he tells school officials off directly to their ears or sets up a face-to-face meeting so they can write the fan a check for his wounded Aggie Pride. In fact, I encourage more personal interaction between the tough guys of the internet and the tougher guys who still think beefs should be settled in the parking lot. Enough of the gutless name calling. Let’s get it on!

Maybe the pressure has been getting to Byrne. Some Aggies contend that Byrne’s response was merited, given the raw e-mail he received, but maybe he should not have left a voice mail. Regardless, Byrne should probably work on thickening up the skin and learn to handle punk critics a little more diplomatically.

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8 Responses to Texas A&M AD Reacts to Harsh E-mail

  1. Alpha Wolf 07/02/2010 at 8:39 AM #

    What a difference between former University president William Gates — who used to post anonymously on Aggie forums — and the current crew over there.

    Gates left to become the Secretary of the Department of Defense in the Bush and Obama administrations.

  2. Sam92 07/02/2010 at 8:50 AM #

    sometimes i think that e-mail will cause world war iii.

    it’s really a terrible way to communicate.

    the proper response to that e-mail would have been: no response at all

  3. Alpha Wolf 07/02/2010 at 9:01 AM #

    Sam92, I will agree with you about WWIII.

    I disagree, however, that no response would be the best. A tactful, professional response devoid of insults may have gone a long way to prevent this situation and salve the feelings of a disgruntled booster.

  4. Rick 07/02/2010 at 9:16 AM #

    “I disagree, however, that no response would be the best. A tactful, professional response devoid of insults may have gone a long way to prevent this situation and salve the feelings of a disgruntled booster.”

    Do you mean something like

    “Thanks for the email.
    Go Aggies”

  5. mikeD 07/02/2010 at 9:24 AM #

    I’m a grad student at A&M right now, and I haven’t really heard any kind of uproar from students about the AD or administration. At least not nearly to the extent I heard 05-09 at NCSU. MFans get frustrated with the coaches, but aggies are so brainwashed they just think it was an off night. Maybe the administration here actually takes their sports seriously unlike NCSU for so long. As far as the new president goes, I’ve got nothing but respect for the guy.

    With that said, the quoted aggie and Byrne were out of line. I think the response was hilarious though.

  6. hoop 07/02/2010 at 1:34 PM #

    Damn! The audio has been taken down. Anybody save a copy?

  7. Paramarine 07/02/2010 at 4:53 PM #

    Go Pack!

    God Bless

  8. Red Rider 07/05/2010 at 7:18 PM #

    I’m sure most of you have seen this, but I get a kick out of it every time I watch it… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIxmrvbMeKc&feature=related (seems appropriate considering the Texas connection).

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