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A Message From An Aggie To Greg Featherston

By Troy Hughes | 105.3 The Fan
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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Clicking on “Post” — that’s all it took for Greg Featherston.

In that one split second, the TCU Assistant Athletic Director angered a fanatic college fan base that bleeds maroon and white, and sealed his future as the former TCU Assistant Athletic Director.

On Saturday, Featherston resigned after he posted remarks about the 1999 Texas A&M bonfire tragedy on his Facebook page. Soon after, Featherston sent an apology that was coated in more ignorance than sincerity.

A “shared link” explanation could have easily been Featherston’s feeble attempt at distancing himself from the disrespectful remarks. However, Featherston noted that “he didn’t write it, but could have.” Once again, demonstrating his complete stubbornness to a matter he knew absolutely nothing about.

As I sit in my office and angrily pound away at the keyboard, it begins to dawn on me that I regretfully feel the one emotion I’m trying hard to ignore — pity. The Aggie Spirit stretches beyond that of 12 empty seats at a $450 million renovated Kyle Field. It hauntingly rings during Muster, echoes loudly from the voices of the 12th Man and burned bright for 90 years in the Aggie Bonfire.

Contrary to Featherston’s post, the fallen students on that early November morning were not “victims of what amounted to drunken, negligent homicide on the part of that cow college,” but rather young men and women that believed in a time-honored tradition cherished by the millions that have witnessed it and the generations that pass it’s importance to other generations. Which leads me back to that one emotion — pity.

Despite his futile attempt to explain that he “attended every vigil held on campus with UT students,” Featherston’s backtracking exemplifies his unawareness of the Aggies Spirit. It’s with that and the countless other moronic statements he shared that allows me to feel pity…pity because he doesn’t understand the true meaning of the Aggie Spirit.

Even though its been 15 years, the tragedy is still fresh in the hearts and minds of Aggies across the world. Those students deserve to be memorialized. Their families deserve to know that they will always be Aggies. On November 18, 1999, 12 students believed in the Aggie Spirit and lost their lives.

Greg Featherston mocked it and it cost him his job — pitiful.

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