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Texas A&M suspends coaches for ‘Chalk Talk’ campaign

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The Texas A&M football program held an event on Wednesday for female fans, and it’s safe to say it rubbed some the wrong way. After reviewing the presentations, it’s not surprising.

The Aggies’ Chalk Talk campaign — which drew nearly 700 estimated people — went awry about as early as the opening song, in which the Aggie War Hymn was replaced with some questionable lyrics.

We are Aggie women
We are filled with estrogen
Hullabaloo, canek, canek, and back again

 Maroon & white are the colors we love
We are putting down our dish towels
And taking off our gloves
No more lysol or cascade
We want to score Touchdowns
And walk in the parade. We are Aggie women & this is our song
Come on…bring it on…no more thong
Hullabaloo..caneck..caneck..and so on

Texas Longhorns beat writer Anwar Richardson captured four pictures from the event.

The campaign, run by assistant coaches Jim Turner and Jeff Banks, didn’t go over kindly with head coach Kevin Sumlin, who suspended both assistants two weeks without pay; the coaches will also have to serve 20 hours of community service, respectively. Sumlin wrote in a statement:

“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments toward women, or anyone, regardless of intent… On behalf of Aggie football, I want to apologize for the comments at Chalk Talk and also for my failure to review their individual presentations. I want to thank the almost 700 women who came out this week who not only participated in the program but who supported a worthy cause in the Twin City Mission.”

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