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That Smell At Kyle Field Isn't Just The Aggies Sucking

It's tough being an Aggie football fan these days.

Your team stinks, your coach is old and doesn't look like he's "hep" to the college game today; the biggest paper in the state no longer covers you (The Houston Chronicle, after cutbacks, now takes its A&M coverage from Hearst's San Antonio paper); and UT is on a roll.

You know, at least, that UT will find a way to fail. But there are other problems. Like bats in Kyle Field.

That's according to A&M athletic director Bill Byrne, who each week answers fans' questions about Aggie athletics, such as they are.

This week, in addition to dealing with how Aggie fans' butts are getting bigger, he takes on the bat-shit problem:

Some of you who attended the Kansas State game discovered a few bat carcasses on the ramps and more residue along the concourses than usual. For several years, Kyle Field has been inhabited by the official flying mammal of the State of Texas the Mexican Free-tailed Bat. I'm told this is the migration season, but I hope Kyle Field does not become a rest stop of sorts for the bats. We already have plenty of bats using Kyle as a place to hang-out without bringing in their friends and neighbors.

These bats help us by eating a lot of bugs around the stadium, but unfortunately, what goes in also comes out. We have crews which spend hours each week power washing Kyle Field and the Zone Plaza specifically for bat residue. We also spend quite a bit of money on deodorizers, and we even have a crew which does a last-minute sweep for residue just before gates open. It's a never ending chore, but we promise to continue to do our best to keep Kyle Field clean.

Please, for your safety, if you encounter a bat at one of our events, don't touch it. Instead, notify an usher or uniformed officer, and we'll have it removed.

"Some of you may have noticed some bat carcasses...."

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