Aggies Embrace ESPN's Presence

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Saturday's game against Alabama is expected to be one of the biggest college football games of the season. ESPN's physical presence is mere proof of how what it feels like to have a national championship in September.

"Me and my buddy stayed out here last night and it got kind of cold about 4 o'clock," said Cody Quent, a TAMU Senior. Quent has been camped out since Wednesday. Even though he already had his tickets, Quent said it was important for him and his buddies to get a good tailgating spot.

Drew Dockery, a TAMU Freshman already had his signs prepared for Saturday. "We have four; one of them says Saben punches babies." Dockery is so thrilled to be a part of Saturday's game; he and his friend were actually kicked out Wednesday when they tried to set up camp.

There's something many fans have in common and it's not just excitement for Saturday, or distaste for Alabama. It all has to do with how some dislike how ESPN painted Johnny Manziel this summer when allegations against him heightened, of whether or not he made a profit for signing memorabilia.

Aaron Beaman, a TAMU senior, said he personally did not care for how the sports network portrayed the Heisman Trophy winner.

"It seemed like it was biased," he said, "but it's just one of those things; they're just trying to get the story."

Beaman was also one of the many dedicated fans to camp out early. Despite his opinion of how ESPN handled the NCAA allegations against Manziel, he wasn't opposed to their presence near Kyle Field.

"I think it's a good thing; any exposure is good exposure," said Beaman.

Dockery agreed.

"I'm not happy about how ESPN has been covering it," said Dockery, "but I am beyond excited that they're here this weekend. I have always watched college Game Day growing up."

"No hard feelings," said TAMU freshman Tyler San Miguel. "I think it's awesome," said San Miguel. "I think it's great publicity for the school," said San Miguel. "It's the biggest game of the year; I think it's going to be awesome, I can't wait."

Quent said he wasn't so sure. "I'm on the fence on this one. I do like ESPN a lot but, they have been painting Johnny like he's a criminal or villain," Quent cringed. "But I'm excited; it's going to be good to have them as part of the atmosphere."

The ESPN crew started to set up Wednesday at O.R. Simpson Drill Field. They broadcasted several times Thursday and expected their set up to be complete by Thursday evening.