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10/10/07

Vick 'Em Shirts Get National Coverage

The controversial "Vick'Em" T-shirts made by one Texas Tech fraternity in anticipation of the game against Texas A&M are causing a huge media frenzy across the country.

"There were approximately 250 T-shirts sold," said Theta Chi Alumni President Chris Coke.

And those 250 shirts have caused more than 200 stories to be done in newspapers and on websites from Maine to L.A.

"The chapter wants to issue an apology to the Lubbock community, to the Texas Tech community as well as the A&M campus community and all of the alumni," said Coke.

This T-shirt controversy has caused one Texas Tech student group, the Saddletramps, to do what they do best. They're turning the attention into a positive spirit builder.

"We're going to offer them the opportunity to trade that shirt for this shirt here," said Saddletramp President Jonathan Merritt.

They're offering a Wreck'Em Tech shirt free to anybody who's interested in giving their Vick 'Em shirt back. But already the shirts, once being sold for $10 by the fraternity, are for sale on E-bay. Some more than double the original price.

"We're going to hand them over to the university and I'm sure they'll just destroy them," said Merritt.

"The fraternity accepts all of the responsibility for the printing of the t-shirts," added Coke. 

The Saddletramps will be set up outside Tech's Student Union from 8am until 3 p.m. on Thursday, if you'd like to trade in your Vick ‘Em shirt.

10/7/07
Controversial T-Shirts on Sale for Tech/A&M Game
Texas Tech students are preparing for the big game against Texas A&M by making some controversial T-shirts that many fans are calling tasteless. NewsChannel 11's Nicole Pesecky reports.

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