Perhaps they aren’t playing the best brand of football this year, but the Big 12 must be fun to cover. Consider:
* Oklahoma State’s wild 48-45 victory against TexasÂ Tech, followed by Mike Gundy’s meltdown
* Colorado’s stunner against Oklahoma
* The behavior problems at Texas — seven arrests, three subsequent suspensions; one NCAA suspension — and, perhaps not coincidentally, the sudden fall of the Longhorns
* Texas A&M’s awful loss at Miami and head coach Dennis Franchione’s admission he’s distributed a secret newsletter with insider information to special boosters … for $1,200 a season
* Nebraska — and it’s gracious defense — getting booed at home
* Eleventh-ranked Missouri’s amazing offenseÂ is ranked No. 24 in rushing, No. 5 in passing, No. 4 in total yards and No. 11 in scoring
* Kansas is 5-0 and ranked No. 20 Coach Marc Mangino is … well, I’m not sure what to say.
Given all of that, it’s not surprising Texas Tech got in on the act.
What started as a fundraiser for the Theta Chi fraternity has ended with the organization’s suspension from the university.
As a way to raise money for the fraternity, some of its members designed and sold a T-shirt depicting the likeness of Michael Vick hanging Texas A&M University’s mascot, Reveille, from a noose.Â
The shirt says “Vick ’em” which is a play on the A&M line “Gig ’em, Aggies.” So, perhaps, this was just meant for laughsÂ in the midst of a rivalryÂ and not to inspire people to hang dogs. Actually, that seems pretty obvious.
Regardless, it seems a little severe to suspend the entire fraternity. Seriously, that’s sort of like defending Vick. You realize that, right?Â Who’s the bad guy here? A fraternity trying to raise money to benefit a Student Animal Legal Defense fund or a guy who admittedly murdered dogs?
“I came up with the idea and I drew it,” said Scott Klingle, a member of Theta Chi and a senior visual studies major from Victoria.
Despite the negative press the T-shirt has received, Klingle said, “I’m an artist, that’s what I live for. I want my work to be noticed.”
Klingle said he is not worried about repercussions.
“There’s no reason for me to get in trouble,” he said. “It’s freedom of speech.”