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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:15 am | Updated: 4:54 pm, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

Texas A&M plans to have more crazy locker room celebrations like the one they had after the 30-27 victory over Ole Miss. But you won't see them if head coach Kevin Sumlin has his way.

The players' hooping, hollering and spraying Gatorade hit a feverish pitch as Sumlin dashed through the locker room. He got things started by pushing by 300-pound nose guard Jonathan Mathis, darting around players with such ease that had to make quarterback Johnny Manziel smile.

The wild 43 seconds was caught on 12th Man TV and became an instant must-see video on YouTube.

Some thought the celebration was excessive. It's not like A&M won its first Southeastern Conference championship. The Aggies didn't even win their first SEC game, beating a team that lost is 16th straight in conference. A&M also was a 10-point favorite, not a 10-point underdog. It defeated the Bo Wallace-led Rebels, not the Archie Manning-led Rebels.

You can see why some would call it excessive.

But how many times in recent years have Aggies lost games they should have won? How many times could you have heard a pin drop in the Aggies' locker room if it weren't for all the sobbing and gnashing of teeth? And when was the last time A&M rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit?

It was a time to celebrate. But should the rest of the world, including all the SEC teams A&M is about to play, be allowed to watch?

"There won't be any more cameras in the locker room," Sumlin said.

So you better bookmark his romp through the locker room.

"Well, that's not going to happen again," he added.

What Sumlin doesn't want to go away is the emotion his team had.

Previous A&M head coaches weren't shy about getting caught up in the moment. Gene Stallings was lifted up by Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant after A&M's Cotton Bowl victory in 1968. Players carried Jackie Sherrill off the field after a 37-12 victory at Texas in 1984. It signaled the start of special times ahead as A&M won six  Southwest Conference championships in the next nine years. R.C. Slocum and his players did plenty of celebrating after winning the 1998 Big 12 championship against Kansas State in double overtime. "Gimme some sugar, whoop, whoop," was the players' chant after the double-overtime victory put them in the Sugar Bowl. That's one of the most memorable games in school history as A&M scored 15 unanswered fourth-quarter points to force overtime.

A&M didn't win a championship against Ole Miss, but after losing double-digit leads five times last season and again in the season opener against Florida, it was more than just another victory for the players.

"You got to remember 20 minutes before that we were losing by 10 points," Sumlin said. "That's all in perspective. It's OK to celebrate, no matter what it is. We've only got 12 games."

Sumlin's not going to apologize for his players being excited.

"Emotion is a big part of what we do," he said.  "You've got to be able to have that kind of energy and emotion to play.

"Everybody is different when learning to prepare emotionally, and the coaches can help, but if you can't play with emotion and be on edge to play, that's what you see happen. That's the challenge in college football: consistency. How can you come out every week and play with the same emotion and energy? That's the challenge as a coaching staff. It's always been that way, and it will never change."

Typically, players reflect their coaches. Judging by Saturday night's video, Sumlin has no problem getting his motor revved up.

A&M's defense will be missing junior starting linebacker Steven Jenkins and senior defensive back Howard Matthews whose suspensions for Louisiana Tech were pushed back when the game was moved because of Hurricane Isaac.

You could argue that it's a bigger loss now than then because of injuries and how good Louisiana Tech's offense is (much better after five games).

Jenkins has 29 tackles for third on the team. He also had a 37-yard interception for a touchdown just before the half against Ole Miss. Matthews hardly saw the field at the start of the season, getting just one tackle in each of the first two games. But he has 11 in the last three, including six against Ole Miss.

Senior safety Steven Campbell missed the Ole Miss game with concussion-like symptoms and Deshazor Everett appeared to suffer a shoulder or arm injury in the game, but Sumlin didn't give a health update on them. Everett, who plays safety and cornerback, would be a huge loss. Campbell has been injured much of his career and has played only two games this season. He's been hard to count on.

A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said he should have used sophomore defensive back Floyd Raven Sr. more against Ole Miss and indicated he would see more action against Louisiana Tech.

At linebacker, sophomore Donnie Baggs will get more snaps with Jenkins out.

Sumlin said that junior guard Shep Klinke had surgery last week for a broken bone in his foot and is gone for the season. Klinke was listed as the backup at left guard to sophomore Jarvis Harrison.

Freshman place-kicker Taylor Bertolet continues to be slowed by a bad ankle, Sumlin said. Bertelot missed an extra point against Ole Miss, but he's still the starter.

"I'm not going to kick," Sumlin said.

At the end of the Ole Miss game, Manziel took the ball after kneeling down on the final play and ran to the sideline, then kept running all the way to the locker room.

Sumlin nor the players had an explanation on Manziel's mad run.

"I don't know," said junior starting left tackle Luke Joeckel. "We were all chasing after him, but we were way too slow to catch him. I still haven't figured that one out."

Manziel couldn't answer the question because he hasn't been made available to the press, nor have the other A&M freshmen.

Some thought Manziel might have had a stomach problem. I said there might have been a stray cat in Ole Miss' "The Grove." Last week, Manziel reportedly saved a stray cat near campus.

Robert Cessna's email address is robert.cessna@theeagle.com.

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40 comments:

  • cottage posted at 2:01 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    cottage Posts: 3

    Perhaps Manziel's mad dash was simply an urgent nature call.... [wink]

     
  • seeing stars posted at 8:34 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    seeing stars Posts: 271

    Maybe I am wrong but after watching the clip it seems that in the beginning players were displaying an attitude of remorse.......concerned about their performance and reflecting on the fact they may have been lucky to escape with the win. It is not until Sumlin rounds the corner that the atmosphere changes. He pushes a player aside and starts making his hurried rounds through the room whipping all those within earshot into a frenzy. Being good kids they follow thir coach's lead seemingly thankful they have escaped the wrath they should have received concerning their performance.

     
  • Bonfiresmoke posted at 3:09 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    Bonfiresmoke Posts: 4

    You have to celebrate a win in the 4th quarter with six turnovers! I loved the video and was very happy for this team. Granted, I don't think we need to put them up on the web in the future until after the season is complete. I hope they get to celebrate many more times this year. BTHO LA Tech and lsu. Do that and I will be celebrating. I recently moved here from Louisiana, but have been an Aggie fan for many years.

     
  • bbaroo posted at 2:35 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    bbaroo Posts: 1

    I thought the video was totally awesome. It is VERY rare for a team to win a game after 6 turnovers - no matter who you play. One would hope the team was that excited in their locker room.

    I do agree that the video should not have been placed on the web, but I am glad it was.

    Talk about a great recruiting tool.
    - All of those High School players get to see a bit of "good"reality - rather than the stuffy, stoic presence. Where do you want to play ... at a stiff-shirted Nick Saban / Mack Brown school, or at a school that has some heart?

    I appreciate that we got to see the video.

     
  • c00nphrog posted at 9:59 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    c00nphrog Posts: 40

    Amen!!![yawn]

     
  • c00nphrog posted at 9:57 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    c00nphrog Posts: 40

    Gabe....I hear ya 5x5!! I would pick on him, though, because he is a Red Raider. I used to go to school with him and his older brother Klint in New Braunfels. Me being an Aggie, I would pick on him for being a Red Raider.....Gig'em!!

    I am sure I will see you mention that he is a couple-few more times!![whistling]

     
  • gabe58 posted at 9:27 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gabe58 Posts: 331

    Thanks, Miller58lies. I knew that if someone who knows nothing about how the game is played (such as myself) saw it, then someone who actually knows something about how the game is played (such as yourself) would have noticed it also.

     
  • machimamu posted at 8:52 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    machimamu Posts: 2

    may be manziel was in a hurry to hit couple of local pubs with couple of fake ids

     
  • miller58lies posted at 8:51 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    miller58lies Posts: 83

    You certainly aren't imagining things, gabe.

    The big 12 officials seem intent upon hurrying up the hurry-up and punishing defenses by whistling the ball into play while defenses are still substituting legally, allowing snaps while the set players haven't been set a full second, ignoring players moving vertically in motion, etc.

    The SEC officials may hold onto the ball a bit longer, and this may hurt our hurry-up, but it certainly feels more like football to me.

     
  • mart80 posted at 8:36 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Get over it.

     
  • seeing stars posted at 7:57 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    seeing stars Posts: 271

    You are correct sir. Maybe just a series of events that look like somthing they are not but my gut also says something is amiss. From the beginning there just seems to be something deep down within this team that is just a little out of the norm and probably will not surface until some real adversity is faced. Lose 2 or 3 in a row and it may come to light.. Maybe it's just several very differnt personaities on a collision course but whatever it is seems to be very real. ...........anyway, great observation, "pay the man Shirley".

     
  • '03-'08 posted at 7:04 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    '03-'08 Posts: 546

    Did anyone see Manziel in the video ? His hasty exit from the game with the game ball left his teamates and coaches puzzled. Now there is a story Mr. Cessna ,and I'm a little bit puzzled and concerned myself. I don't care if he is a freshman or what, he is one of this team's leader's and should be available to the media like the others who are. Something just isn't right with this and I hope i'm making more of it than I should, but my gut feeling says we haven't heard the last of this.

    Thumbs up on the video. Thumbs down for airing it on youtube.

     
  • mart80 posted at 5:20 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Just got back from the local VFW,seems the Republic of Texas folks are still around,can't put an eye on it,but the 50cent a game is still on.Going back for the 100 hundred dollar game.Let you know!

     
  • gabe58 posted at 4:51 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gabe58 Posts: 331

    Phrog, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea and think that I’m picking on our OC, when I call him a Red Raider.

    Our OC probably appreciates it when I refer to him as a Red Raider. If our roles were reversed, and I was the OC at Texas Tech, I know that I would want him to call me an Aggie instead of a Red Raider. If they have me under contract to be their OC, they have “rented” my mind and body, but they haven’t bought my Aggie heart and soul.


    I will probably mention that our OC is a Red Raider, again. Sometime in the future. [wink]

     
  • gabe58 posted at 4:25 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gabe58 Posts: 331

    My Daddy told me that when husbands argued with their wives, the husbands tended to use what he called, “Sears Roebuck talk”. He called it that because he said that the “talk” was cheap, and if the wives didn’t like it, their husbands would take it back. [wink]

     
  • gabe58 posted at 4:24 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gabe58 Posts: 331

    Stars, in the A&M vs. Mississippi game, it could have been offensive substitutions that caused the referee to stand there, holding the ball, after we had lined up on offense and were waiting on the ball. It seemed as if he looked at our team that was lined up to snap the ball, then he looked at the defensive team, then he got out of the way. Maybe it was raining and he was trying to keep the ball dry?

    Those referees are a lot older than me, and they probably want games that have a total offense (both teams combined) of 500 yards or less, and certainly not over 1,000 yards. [wink]

     
  • c00nphrog posted at 4:09 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    c00nphrog Posts: 40

    Sorry for the double-tap. Stupid computers weren't showing the original!

     
  • seeing stars posted at 2:50 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    seeing stars Posts: 271

    .....p.s. when waiting on the ball to whistled ready you have to take into account the chains maybe are being moved or there was a previous substitution on Offense and the Defense must be given time to substitute as well or.....?????

     
  • mart80 posted at 2:48 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Fixin to start a home remodel,wife wants more windows,dogs want less. So were going with less.Wife wants bigger bathroom,dogs said they go outside. So going to send wife out with dogs.Kitchen enlargement, dogs want bigger so going bigger.Had to meet wife halfway.

     
  • seeing stars posted at 2:44 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    seeing stars Posts: 271

    @ gabe.....Unless something has recently changed, there is a 40 second clock that starts IMMEDIATELY after the previous play is blown dead. The Offense has 25 seconds to put the ball in play AFTER it is made ready for play by the Referee. If after 20 seconds of the 40 second play clock have expired and the ball is not whistled ready for play, the Referee will call time out and reset the play clock to 25 seconds. So, the ball must be ready for play within 20 seconds of the previous play being blow dead. Before the game the Officials meet with opposing coaches to discuss, among other things, trick plays to watch out for so they don't blow an inadvertant whistle. They also discuss tempo and a "huury up" team can request the officials to get the ball ready quickly so as not to disrupt their strategy which is totally within the rules. If you don't request the action it probably will go down at the normal pace. The cure is to be ready and snap the ball AS SOON as it is made ready for play.

     
  • mart80 posted at 2:44 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    The -isms was the problem, botulism, scratchyism were all put on the backburner.

     
  • Objective_Homer posted at 2:30 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Objective_Homer Posts: 203

    As my first post implied, i'm not concerned about the fact it happened. Just concerned that the public has access to it. That was a private celebration for the team and staff only imo. 12th man TV should have kept it in tighter circles. Dont put it on youtube. I will say that i very much enjoyed watching it.

     
  • agga'71 posted at 2:29 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    agga'71 Posts: 197

    It took two days to get back in. I kept failing the "Rules of Conduct" test. Evidently they don't grade on a curve.

     
  • c00nphrog posted at 2:05 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    c00nphrog Posts: 40

    Gabe.....I think you have said a couple-few times!![beam]

     
  • mart80 posted at 1:59 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    My four labs watching the game with me( they actually do) saw me so excited that they thought they were going to go outside.We were running through the house hiking legs and everything.Wish they would film that?Thats excessive celebration!

     
  • c00nphrog posted at 1:49 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    c00nphrog Posts: 40

    a couple-few times...I think!!

     
  • c00nphrog posted at 1:41 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    c00nphrog Posts: 40

    now why do they have to go and start messing with everything??? Had to get a new account because they wen't and messed up the design.....if it ain't broke, then don't fix it!!

    Great win for the Ags....was at a band competition for my son, so missed the game, however, thanks to my portable telecommunications device, I was able to watch the game track through ESPN. Again, a great win for us!! wh00p......and gig'em!!

     
  • mart80 posted at 1:40 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    My opionion of this article, is after 40+ years of watching Aggie Football, through the ups and downs , thrills me too the core to see these kids HAPPY.Don't ever under estimate the excessive celebrations that occurred everywhere.Next time film my house.

     
  • RJ posted at 1:31 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    Very impressive Mart that you have figured it all out

     
  • mart80 posted at 12:51 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Grandson,AF SF picture.

     
  • gabe58 posted at 12:41 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gabe58 Posts: 331

    That looks good, Mart.

     
  • mart80 posted at 12:23 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    New

     
  • mart80 posted at 11:31 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    I find it odd anyway to put so much credance on it .This occasion were for those that went through the turmoil of last year and Yes they deserved it.Sorry,I've seen excessive celebrations, this isn't one of them.Keep partying AGS!

     
  • texag_98 posted at 10:21 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    texag_98 Posts: 3

    So they were excited. I was excited too and I didn't play. It looked for sure we were going to lose, but they didn't that is exciting.

    I know it was against an Ole Miss team who hasn't won a conference game in over a season, but it was a road win for a team that had not yet played a road game. Also, one does not usually win road games when you have that many mistakes, but they did. Let them celebrate.

    As to this being bulletin board material. Let them put it up and they will under estimate this team.

    I like that Sumlin was excited a celebrated with the players. It is appropriate to let them have a moment to celebrate together. I hope that the next day he and his staff were sitting down with the players going over what went wrong and how they are going to fix it.

     
  • Objective_Homer posted at 10:11 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Objective_Homer Posts: 203

    gabe, if your info is legit this is an AMAZING observation.

     
  • gabe58 posted at 10:07 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gabe58 Posts: 331

    Have I mentioned that our OC is a Texas Tech Red Raider? [smile]

     
  • gabe58 posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gabe58 Posts: 331

    After watching many college football games this season, it seems to me that the officiating is different between conferences. What I see is that in the Big12*, where the “hurry up” offense is king, the officials spot the ball quickly and get out of the way. In the SEC, the “hurry up” offense is at the line ready to play, and the official is still holding the ball. The SEC officials eventually spot the ball and get out of the way, but the “hurry up” offense is no longer in play. Now, am I seeing things that are not there, or are the SEC officials deliberately slowing down the "hurry up" offense?

     
  • Objective_Homer posted at 9:15 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Objective_Homer Posts: 203

    This is bulletin board material. I think it should be removed. It was fun to watch this video but cons out weigh the pros by making it available to the public.

     
  • mart80 posted at 7:18 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Only hope they have many more of them.

     
  • gregwh posted at 6:51 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    gregwh Posts: 635

    The reason not to tape it is that explaining just pure enjoyment is hard in our society. I give Sumlin kudos for enjoying the moment with his players. Nothing more. Nothing less.

     
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