Mail Call: From Jim Kinkennon
Published: Monday, February 13, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
Howdy! As a proud Aggie dad and a Tennessee Volunteer, I want to extend my welcome to Texas A&M into membership in the SEC. Some years ago, the outrageous lack of sportsmanship towards visiting teams at some SEC football venues made it necessary to make changes in football seating regulations so that some degree of civility towards visitors could be maintained. In response, the SEC required that the 25 rows behind visiting teams should not be occupied by the home team student seating. To comply with this request burdened the home team athletic departments. After contemplating various inconvenient seating plans, I believe the University of Tennessee Athletics Dept. decided to leave the fans where they were, and have the home and visiting teams change sides of the field. Applying this plan to Kyle Field might be inconvenient in some ways. However, an advantage would be that the student body of Texas A&M would be able to literally stand behind their team, supporting them even more strongly, if that's possible If every SEC school maintained the high standard of sportsmanship and friendliness that is part of the spirit of Aggieland, this rule would never have been needed. Rest assured that the rule is needed at some of the stadia the Aggie teams will regularly visit. It is not practical to have a rule for some SEC schools and not others. However, it does not appear to be necessary to interfere with the seating at Kyle Field that is part of the tradition of the Twelfth Man. It makes sense to put the Twelfth Man behind the team by moving the team bench to a position in front of the Twelfth Man.