You may remember this.
Evidently, Bevo left his mark on more than Uga.
A former Austin American-Statesman photographer has filed a lawsuit against the owners and handlers of Bevo XV for negligence that caused “permanent injury” when the longhorn steer surged from his holding pen at the 2019 Sugar Bowl.
According to a petition filed in Travis Country district court on Friday, Nick Wagner was acting in his role as a Statesman photographer on Jan. 1, 2019. He was taking pictures of Uga X, Georgia’s bulldog mascot, prior to the Texas-Georgia game at the New Orleans Superdome.
Uga’s handlers brought their English bulldog over towards Bevo for a photo op, and the steer pushed forward, forcing onlookers to scramble for safety. The entire sequence was captured by Longhorn Network cameras, and short video clips went viral.
Wagner “was on one knee in front of the portable railing which Bevo was behind,” according to the petition. “Bevo XV rammed his longhorns twice into Plaintiff’s back causing permanent injury to Plaintiff’s neck and back.”
No word yet on whether the dog is being added as third-party defendant on a claim of severe emotional distress.
Old school, baby.
I have the feeling this won’t end well, both in terms of the message being sent in college football’s woke era to the players (how will they enforce it, anyway?) and also in terms of the message the AD is sending about the head coach by directly dictating to the players.
Culinary treats from around the world of college football…
- Yikes. Not a good look, Iowa.
- The University of Texas says it anticipates hosting football games this season at 50% capacity in the stands. I’ll believe it when I see it.
- On the flip side, Rutgers will limit crowd size at football games to 500.
- Moar QB competition.
- Here’s your regular reminder that interviewing Bill Hancock about anything is a waste of time.
- Here’s Fiutak’s preseason SEC rankings, and, yes, he’s got Georgia ahead of Florida.
- California has moved its high school football season to the end of the year. In response, a top defensive player announced he will be skipping his senior season to enroll early at Texas A&M in January. I bet he won’t be the only one who chooses to do that.
Without getting into the details of what Texas football players are asking the school for, this has got to chill the soul of every college football coach and administrator:
No donor-related events? No recruiting? I think they’d rather the kids kneel for the national anthem than that.
I wonder how much of the media is going to swallow the “hey, 8-5 Texas is back, babee!” narrative this offseason.
UPDATE: Man, where have I heard this before?
Not so much, it turns out.
At least when Georgia gacks a bowl game, there isn’t any lasting puffery for the winner, unlike the case of a certain school to the west I could mention.
Them Texas folks were right kindly hosts, according to Coach O.
No. 4 LSU’s offense came out hot in Saturday night’s 45-38 win over No. 12 Texas at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium with 573 yards that included 471 passing yards from Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow. The offense wasn’t the only thing that was hot, though. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said Monday during his scheduled press conference that the locker room was pretty toasty as well.
“I called Louisiana Tech, and they told us about it,” he said. “So we did some things in the dressing room that were better. It wasn’t great, but it was better. At least we had air in there. They didn’t have air. We had some blowers in there.”
Texas’ AD strenuously objected.
Now I don’t have a dog in this hunt (although, let’s not forget that Georgia travels to Austin in the foreseeable future), but if I have to choose sides, I’d go with LSU here. For one thing, why would Orgeron bother to make up a story like that after a big road victory?
Second, and perhaps more relevantly, how many folks would loudly proclaim their devotion to “the efforts we put forth in hosting our guests” and stick the visiting band in the upper deck of the stadium?
That’s some pride you got there, ‘Horns.
This is the kind of thing you expect from a guy who thinks he’s the smartest person in the room.
It does hold down buyout exposure, but it may not work out so well when it comes to his assistants’ complacency for staying in Austin.
From the stick to politics division:
Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State speech was heavy with policy priorities for the Texas Legislature, but he ended his 50 -minute address by throwing his support behind legislation that would require the University of Texas and Texas A & M to get back to playing football every year.
Beyond being music to many sports fans’ ears, Abbott’s support was an olive branch of sorts to the bill’s author, state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio. Abbott and Larson have clashed on several issues in recent years, most notably ethics reform, and the governor took the rare step of backing Larson’s challenger in last year’s GOP primary. On Tuesday, Abbott said he was inspired by the unprecedented spirit of “camaraderie and collaboration” that he has felt in the first month of the legislative session.
“I gotta tell you, I’m feeling it myself. I’m feeling moved, and I want to set an example,” the UT graduate turned governor said, smiling. “I’m willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and the Longhorns.” Larson, an A&M graduate, filed House Bill 412 to require the schools to meet on the football field on the fourth Thursday, Friday or Saturday of November — returning a marquee matchup between the Texas schools to college football’s rivalry weekend.
“There’s a huge hole in rivalry weekend, and it’s A&M and Texas not playing each other,” Larson said shortly after filing the bill in November. “I think we’re depriving generations if we don’t restore this.”
Man, depriving generations, he tells ‘ya! Sounds like a serious issue.
The schools have indicated a willingness to restart the rivalry, but “scheduling nonconference games is complicated”. Might want to un-complicate that, boys. The pols don’t sound like they’re letting this low hanging fruit go unplucked.