Big 12: Jeff Toole

Intrigue afoot inside Texas A&M offices

November, 30, 2011
11/30/11
11:15
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Just when I thought I'd seen it all, I'm reminded that I haven't seen anything yet.

Texas A&M's chief financial officer took to the popular Texas A&M message board, TexAgs.com, and criticized university president R. Bowen Loftin, who rose to prominence throughout the saga of the Aggies' move to the SEC.

From Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News:
Jeff Toole, who also serves as the school’s senior associate athletic director, described Loftin as a “putz” and a “hopelessly underqualified puppet” over the summer under the alias UtayAg.

Toole was outed Tuesday on the website by a poster dubbed “iPanic” who searched UtayAg’s posting history, and found one from more than a year ago where UtayAg identified himself as the CFO of A&M athletics.

“I was posting what I thought was an anonymous opinion,” Toole said Tuesday afternoon, adding of his prior admittance of his job as A&M athletics CFO under the UtayAg handle, “That slipped my mind.”

I've come up with plenty of bad ideas in my day, but not much tops doing something like that. Beyond that, what else is left to be said? Like I mentioned on Twitter, maybe Texas A&M is a better fit in the SEC than anyone thought.

Athletic director Bill Byrne's office responded later on Tuesday.
"I have taken disciplinary action in regard to comments made by athletics chief financial officer Jeff Toole on an internet message board about President R. Bowen Loftin. It is imperative to have respect for those we work with, and especially the leader of our University. Under no circumstances should derogatory names be used when speaking about anyone within the University community. The matter will be handled internally."

Toole also apologized in the statement.

It'll be interesting to see if the fallout from this surfaces, but perhaps Toole is just jealous of the bow tie.

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