Aggies' Buses Vandalized in Lubbock

Tech athletic director calls vandalism "unfortunate"

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:51 AM CDT
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Aggies' Buses Vandalized in Lubbock

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Texas A&M's team buses were vandalized before the Aggies played Texas Tech, with drivers finding manure inside and outside the four vehicles.

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said Saturday manure went "from one end to the other" inside one bus that couldn't be locked. The others had manure along the exterior. He tweeted that the outside of all the buses had vulgarities "spray painted" on them.

"Classy," ended his first tweet.

A statement issued by Texas A&M Assistant Police Chief Mike Ragan read as follows:

"Texas A&M's four team buses were parked in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn on Avenue Q in Lubbock, Texas. Late Friday night or early Saturday morning, Texas Tech logos and some derogatory comments were written on the buses in washable paint. One of the buses could not be locked. Inside of that bus, some type of animal excrement has been spread throughout. Bus drivers from Coach America in Dallas, Texas cleaned up the buses and reported to their company. Texas A&M Assistant Police Chief Mike Ragan contacted Texas Tech police to notify them of the incident. No police report was filed with the Lubbock Police Department or the Department of Public Safety."

It wasn't immediately clear why vandals targeted Texas A&M, though the Aggies are planning to leave the Big 12 after this school year for the SEC.

The team was accompanied by school security and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper and no official report was made to the agency, an email from Aggies spokesman Brad Marquardt said.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt called the vandalism "unfortunate" and that it doesn't "represent who we are as a group."

The Red Raiders lost to the Aggies 45-40 Saturday night.

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