Texas Tech bans
"Vick 'em" T-shirt
Texas Tech - Texas A&M rivalry
sparked the creation of the "Vick 'em" T-shirts, the school has
now banned them.
student from Texas Tech has created a red t-shirt with "Vick em"
printed on the front, referencing the slogan of the rival Texas
A&M "Gig 'em". On the back of the t-shirt is printed a football
player wearing #7 and dangling the A&M dog mascot Reveille by a
leash (or a noose, depending on the interpretation). According
to the students, this was supposed to be a Theta Chi fraternity
fundraiser and no one meant any harm by it. The school
administration quickly moved to ban the t-shirts and have
suspended the fraternity organization from the university. The
printing of the tees was also halted immediately.
"We will not permit individual
students or any student organization to profit from selling
merchandise on campus that is derogatory, inflammatory,
insensitive, or in such bad taste that it reflects negatively on
this fine institution, its students, athletic teams, alumni or
faculty," was the official answer of Texas Tech to the
controversial t-shirt. The school also plans to bring charges
against the fraternity under the university's code of student
Texas Tech will play against Texas A&M
this Saturday in Lubbock. The hosting Texas Tech are listed as
the favorite by
Bookmaker with odds to win at
-350 and A&M are underdog with odds +290. The point spread on
the Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M game is currently sitting at -9
points chalk Tech.