Since last season, the Aggies have been working on new traditions that would invigorate the student and alumni sections. With this year’s tough schedule of Nicholls State, UL Lafayette, and A&M Consolidated early in the season, football games were in dire need of even more traditions.
On Saturday night, the chant of “First Down” became an instant classic. Each time the Aggies managed to move the ball against such a phenomenal defense, the chant of “FIRST DOWN!” worked the crowd into a frenzy, amplified by Kyle Field’s new DJ. “We’ve seen how the chant of ‘Aggies’ Ball’ fills the seats at Reed Arena. Aggie Football lacks that kind of spirit,” said Head Coach Kevin Sumlin. “The turnover trashcan and touchdown scepter are for the players. This—this is for the fans.”
The student body was also excited to learn about the new traditions the 12th Man Foundation teased on social media starting with next week’s game against UL Lafayette. All classes on Friday will be cancelled if they occur after 3:00pm. “By moving the pep rally from midnight to Friday afternoon, we hope to encourage the maximum amount of attendance,” said Athletic Director Scott Woodward.
The excitement doesn’t stop there, as Commandant Joe Ramirez announced a fresh new look for the band at halftime on TexAgs. “Appearance is key. In order for our band to be able to compete with the likes of the marching band from Tigerland, A&M Consolidated, we must look at how we dress. Our uniforms must be on par with our competition,” said Brigadier General Joe Ramirez.
There are even more new uniforms in store, as the Aggie Dance Team will be stepping on the field next week in all white. The Dance Team will begin working with the yell leaders in order to pump up the crowd and lead the exciting new yells such as “Let’s Go Aggies” and “D-E-F-E-N-S-E.” “I am really excited to be working with the Aggie Dance Team, and I look forward to seeing those maroon and white pompoms get the people going,” said Yell Leader Ken Belden. “Personally, I can’t wait to link pinkies during kickoff with the rest of the Yell Squad.”
In a change of events, the student body appreciated President Young’s email Friday afternoon, announcing nominations were now open for this year’s Homecoming Court.
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