May 11, 2012

Texas A&M Wins ESPN’s 2012 College GameDay Vote Contest

Texas A&M University may have won ESPN’s 2012 GameDay Vote contest, but it was a victory that came down to the wire and enlisted the help of thousands of supporters across the nation.

As winner of the vote, Texas A&M will host ESPN’s College GameDay on campus this summer, where the show will film one of its national commercials to be aired during the upcoming fall football season.

Aggies flocked to social media and online forums such as to lead an aggressive voting campaign through the final hours of the contest, rallying the support of Texas governor and Texas A&M former student Rick Perry,  ABC’s Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez, former Texas A&M football player NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Von MillerTexas Monthly magazine and more.

Texas A&M also enlisted the support of its 12th Man Foundation and The Association of Former Students.

Perhaps most telling was the support Texas A&M gained from members institutions of the Southeastern Conference, of which the university will officially become a member on July 1. Hundreds of fans from SEC schools united to vote for Texas A&M, giving its newest member the crucial last-minute votes that elevated it into first place over the University of Nebraska of the Big 10 Conference.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Texas A&M. We can’t thank the 12th Man and our new SEC family enough for the support.  We look forward to welcoming ESPN to Aggieland this summer and representing Texas A&M and the SEC in the GameDay commercial,” said Jason Cook, Texas A&M vice president for marketing and communications.

Texas A&M’s GameDay vote effort was led by the university’s Division of Marketing & Communications.

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11 Comments to Texas A&M Wins ESPN’s 2012 College GameDay Vote Contest

  1. Nice work on all fronts Ags! Now we just need everyone on their A game when they come in town to film.

  2. Mark Lancaster on May 11th, 2012
  3. Now, fellow Aggies, learn from this lesson. The SEC is a family, unlike the Big XII, and even though they kick the crap out of each other on game day, we’re still family. Could you even imagine fans from UT, TT, Baylor and OU doing that for us? We must keep this in mind as we enter into a totally different and new culture. There will be times that SEC rivalries will make us want to “hate” those institution (just like we do UT and TT and Baylor). Think back to this experience.

    Gig ‘em, Ags!!

  4. Dr. Mike '69 on May 11th, 2012
  5. Byrne isn’t even gone 3 days and the programs already looking better.

  6. Michael on May 12th, 2012
  7. Great job Ags!!! I voted everyday so I am happy that my vote counted. Couldn’t have found a more beautiful campus with the best students, a superior teaching faculty, and a more friendlier community. Gig’em,

  8. Robert Powell on May 12th, 2012
  9. What a great effort! What a great time to be a student too! Congratulations to Jason and the marketing team! Great leadership.
    Carl Nielson ’78

  10. Carl Nielson on May 12th, 2012
  11. Congrats Aggies…I am proud to say I will be an Aggie in the fall…I did vote for two schools, my alma mater texas state, but when it came down to the final day my vote for Texas A&M counted just as everyone elses!!

  12. Mike Albonetti on May 14th, 2012
  13. …what Dr. Mike ’69 said!

  14. Hugh McElroy '71 on May 14th, 2012
  15. Ok bored at school

  16. Joe Smith on May 15th, 2012
  17. What a surprise and great team effort! Texas A&M is getting the recognition it deserves! Gig ‘Em Ags!

    Class of ’91

  18. Renette on May 16th, 2012
  19. Awesome! I am an Aggie Grad student so to be apart of a school like this is very exciting. Can’t wait to see the commercial. Gig’em!

  20. Juan on May 16th, 2012
  21. I’m an Aggie and I just wanted to say that I hope the aggies are the greatest they ever could be! yaaayyy, go aggies and go SEC. Woop.

  22. Semore Butts on May 16th, 2012
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