The code of conduct at Texas A&M is hard to keep straight, but here's the latest: It's okay to be an Aggie yell leader and sing theDing Dong Song
on video, but it's not okay to be a yell leader adviser and sing theDing Dong Song
on the same video.
Because of these antics, Rusty Thompson, A&M's director of student activities and yell leader adviser, wasn't allowed to travel with the man cheerleaders to Lubbock for the team's game against Texas Tech. No disciplinary action was taken against the yell leaders in the video.
The Ding Dong trouble started about a week ago when one yell leader, Casey Schaefer, posted a video on YouTube of four yell leaders in white uniforms dancing and singing in a car before the Aggie's game against Kansas State.
Schaefer has removed the video from YouTube, but the Bryan-College Station Eagle has a nice description:
One of the yell leaders films as the others in the car dance, bob and mouth the lyrics to the song, which features the chorus, "Ooooh, you touch my tralala."...It was unclear what the objection was to the song. Bloggers made fun of the video for being "gay."
Hair Balls has absolutely no idea why anyone would call this song gay.
The overwhelming response to the university's disciplinary action seems to be that it was blown out of proportion. The story in the Eagle quotes a College Station lawyer and board member of the Former Yell Leaders Association: "It's guys on a trip, just goofin' off and doing something they thought was kind of funny -- I can't see where the objection to that could be."
Hair Balls contacted Texas A&M's media relations department to ask if any further disciplinary action was taken against Thompson, but we haven't gotten a response.
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In other Aggie-Red Raider news, there's a video making the rounds on YouTube of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach explaining why his team struggled and lost against Texas A&M:
As coaches, we failed to make our coaching points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Now, their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages. For one thing, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, which is how great you are..."