Crowd Control: Aggie Ticket Pull for UT Game Postponed

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The scheduled student ticket pull for the Texas A&M men's basketball game against the University of Texas was postponed just after midnight Thursday when university officials deemed the situation disorganized.

Thousands of students had crowded the Kyle Field plaza and into the tunnel nearby to wait for the ticket pull, which was set to begin at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. However, instead of a line to wait for the pull, the scene more resembled a mass gathering.

With the lack of an orderly line and in anticipation of issues that could result from that situation in the morning, the university decided to send students home, asking that they leave on their own before authorities forced the action.

As of early Thursday morning, the pull had not been rescheduled, though Vice President for Student Affairs Dean Bresciani told the crowd that they would be notified sometime later that day of the new time.

Originally, tents were prohibited by the university, though that decision was later changed due to impending bad weather. From the tunnel through the plaza, students had pitched dozens of tents.

Shortly after the cancellation was announced, authorities walked through the area, asking people to pack up and move out. Seemingly no problems arose as a result, save for vocal displeasure with the decision.

Earlier, the #10 Aggies destroyed visiting Iowa State, 73-49. It was A&M's twentieth straight win at Reed Arena.

The State Farm Lone Star Showdown between A&M and UT will tip off at 8 p.m. Monday.