Bill Byrne: Adding To The Aggies' Ever-Growing Hall Of Internet Shame

Texas A&M's athletic director, Bill Byrne, has become an Internet sensation for leaving a heated voicemail for a fellow Aggie.

If you haven't heard, problems started when Byrne received an e-mail from an alum who was upset because A&M stuck with the Big 12 and the University of Texas. 

The e-mailer -- his fan page says he lives in Houston -- wrote that he's a third-generation Aggie, and he told Byrne, "I hope you have time to pull your tongue out of [UT athletic director DeLoss] Dodd's ass to read this e-mail."

Byrne called the man and left him the voicemail, which ends with Byrne saying, "Please call me. Someone who has the 'no guts' to write something like that needs to have his ass kicked."

He adds, "So I'd like to hear from you."

Byrne has apologized for the e-mail, but we really don't see the need. We're sure many Aggie fans like their athletic director threatening to kick someone's ass.

But the story has blown up all over message boards and blogs, making it another embarrassing moment for A&M. To honor Byrne and his gaff, here are five other times the Internet has screwed the Aggies.

1. Aggies and the Ding Dong Song. An Aggie yell leader innocently posted on YouTube a video of himself and other yell leaders demonstrating how "we get ready for football games."

Disciplinary action was taken against a student adviser for participating in the video after, according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Bloggers made fun of the video for being 'gay.'"

2. The Bragging Dermdoc. A doctor posted on the TexAgs message board that he fired an Obama supporter. "Laid off my first Obama voting employee today," the post read. He explained, "...taxes are expected to go up with Obamacare, so I did it."

Fellow Aggies responded on the message board with such gems as, "Good for you doc!" and "I would love to be able to fire Obama voters."

3. Blackface? Seriously?! Several white A&M students decided to get creative and make a video. Trouble was, their creativity involved dressing a student in blackface and giving him a mock whipping and sexual assault.

After the video surfaced on the Internet, resulting in campus protests, petitions, and a letter of condemnation from the A&M president, the students "withdrew" from the university.

4. The Joe Paterno Deathbed Incident. In a spirited moment during a pep rally, before a football game against Penn State, an A&M yell leader (not the Ding Dong guy) said, "Joe Paterno's on his deathbed and someone needs to find him a casket."

Someone in the audience captured it all on video, and A&M officials were forced to apologize for the comment.

5. Ashley Todd and the Fake Assault. Todd wasn't officially an Aggie, but she was a college student in College Station and a member of the Brazos County Young Republicans.

About a month before the 2008 presidential election, Todd was campaigning against Barack Obama in Pittsburgh, and she decided to carve a backwards "B" in the side of her face. She told police it happened while she was being assaulted by an Obama supporter.

Of course that was a lie, but Web sites such as Politico and the Drudge Report posted the assault story as truth.

And another Internet sensation was born.

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