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Texas A&M billboard in Gainesville quickly comes down

Florida Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM
GAINESVILLE -

A billboard showed up on the east side of Gainesville declaring the area "annexed by Aggie nation," but most Florida players either didn't give it much thought or even know the sign existed on Tuesday.

"I really didn't pay attention to it," shrugged UF defensive back Josh Evans.

After the billboard created a stir and caused Texas A&M to issue a statement saying the school was not involved with its placement, it was taken down later Tuesday.

Before being taken down, the billboard read: "You've been annexed by Aggie Nation. The Best Academics & Cleanest Program in the SEC. WHOOP! Real Football. Real Tradition."

Florida plays at Texas A&M on Saturday in the Aggies' first SEC game in school history. Wouldn't it be better to just quietly join the league? Apparently not. A&M fans placed a billboard in Austin last month declaring the area "SEC Country."

Longhorn fans were not amused.

Now it's the Gators who could be a little upset, but Texas A&M boosters would be wise to study up a bit on the league, because these two schools are unlikely to develop a huge rivalry. Florida is in the SEC's Eastern Division and will likely won't play the Aggies in football again for several years since Texas A&M is in the Western Division.

League teams only have one regular rival on the schedule each season from the other division -- for the Gators that is LSU.

As word of the billboard spread, a Texas A&M official declared it was not put up by the school and that A&M was "investigating."

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