The Aggies asked Baylor to return tickets by a July deadline, well before Baylor could assess how many tickets it would need. Baylor obliged and returned the tickets, not knowing it would later be leaked to the media as fodder against Baylor in the tiresome realignment story.
It is true Baylor returned the tickets early at Texas A&M's request, before offering them for sale to the general public of Baylor fans, but it is unknown how many Baylor fans will be in attendance next week at Kyle Field as most know Baylor fans have for years purchased tickets to the game through other means.
Now, just two months later, it's being reported that Texas A&M has returned more than 1,000 tickets to Texas Tech for the game in Lubbock this Saturday, many of which are in Section 122 where Tech Students are being offered two tickets for the price of one for Saturday's game.
Lubbock, Texas is actually a little bit further than one future conference opponent for A&M, as Louisiana State University is perhaps an easier travel destination for Aggie fans. But beyond LSU, all other SEC destinations will be a much greater distance then the game this Saturday in Lubbock.
In this never-ending realignment story where everything from the definition of commitment and rivalry to the return of unused tickets has been analyzed, A&M fans may have chosen a poor time not to capitalize on visiting Lubbock one last time. To date, Texas A&M officials have not released any statement concerning this issue.
*editor's note: This report was compiled by members of the BearsIllustrated.com staff and based largely on a report out of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.