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Tragedy and the Effect It Has on College Football Teams

By C. J. Krasyk On April - 15 - 2010

Tragedy affects all of us. It reaches its cold, cruel hand out and touches every single one of us at some point in our lives.

Tragedy can be difficult but it can also become a rallying point for families, communities, and even entire states.

And, if in the right area and setting, it can be a rallying point for a college athletic program.

We have seen it happen before.

In 1999, Texas A & M had a bonfire collapse that left 12 dead and 27 injured. The bonfire was a tradition for 90 years and was done around Thanksgiving and was a big part of the festivities held around the Texas game.

A & M rallied around the accident and took down the No. 5 ranked Longhorns 20-16 in what was probably the most emotional college football game ever played.

Now while that was only one game, that day will never be forgotten. Every A & M and Texas game that is played now is almost overshadowed by that event. A & M holds a memorial service ever year in honor of those who lost their lives.

Now I do not know for sure, but I would bet that the current Aggies play that Texas game for all those that were killed that day and can no longer watc...

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