12th Man Copyright Lawsuit against Texas A&M

by Travis Normand
January 23, 2017

I first saw this reported by the SETexasRecord.com, but I have since seen it reported by several other media outlets as well.

A book publisher and author, Michael Bynum, (Plaintiffs) have sued the Texas A&M Athletic Department, the 12th Man Foundation, and others, (Defendants) in federal court for what appears to be a claim of copyright infringement. The lawsuit was filed on January 19, 2017.

The Plaintiffs claim that Defendants stole the author’s unpublished biography of E. King Gill, and “copied and distributed it as if it was their own” (see lawsuit paragraph 1). For those who may not be aware, E. King Gill was the student behind Texas A&M’s famous 12th Man tradition.

Texas A&M has been involved in several lawsuits over the years in order to protect their federal 12th Man trademark. The most prominent of these lawsuits involved the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

In this current lawsuit, Plaintiffs allege that Defendants had received a PDF copy of Bynum’s unpublished book for the limited purpose of fact-checking, locating additional photos, and an option to purchase copies for former students. The lawsuit goes on to allege that one particular Defendant retyped the biography, changed its title, and deleted Bynum’s name before republishing the material (see lawsuit paragraph 4, etc.).

Plaintiffs claim that by “unlawfully copying and publishing the heart of Bynums work . . . Defendants destroyed Plaintiffs’ prospects for a successful print run, and the . . . book remains unpublished to this day” (see lawsuit paragraph 5).

The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Texas, Federal Court, Houston Texas as Case No. 4:17-CV-0181.  Plaintiffs’ original complaint can been seen below.

Bynum v. Texas A&M Univ. Athletic Dept., 17-cv-00181 (S.D. Tex.)


Other information regarding this case:

Plaintiff’s Attorney: Natalie L. Arbaugh (is now apparently with a different law firm from when the case was filed).

1934 Rose Bowl Trophy

by Travis Normand
January 17, 2017

This is my first re-posting of an old “College Football Independent” post. It was originally posted on that blog on December 29, 2008.

1934 Rose Bowl Trophy (on eBay)
December 29, 2008

1934 Stanford Rose Bowl Trophy

1934 Stanford Rose Bowl Trophy

While looking on ebay.com I came across the 1934 Rose Bowl Trophy! The seller is asking $9,999 for it and it will be interesting to see if anyone actually buys it. This is a great item for any private collection, but $10K is a big price tag.

I have no idea if this trophy sold or not, but the auction’s description said that the trophy belonged to Stanford. Stanford lost the 1934 Rose Bowl game to Columbia and so I imagine this is some kind of participation trophy for having been invited to play in the Rose Bowl (which is an honor, in and of itself).

The College Football Independent (Old blog/Old posts)

by Travis Normand
January 17, 2017

I think I have mentioned this before, but the OnePointSafety.com is not my first attempt at running a college football blog. I have had a couple of blogs prior to this one, however, none of them were as successful. I had a blog at TexAgs.com titled “Campusology” (hence the name of the tabbed section on this blog), a blog on Google’s Blogger titled “The College Football Independent,” a WordPress.com blog titled “The Crystal Football,” and maybe one more that I can’t remember. I also did some guest blogging at places like PhilSteele.com and HeismanPundit.com; and I had an account at BleacherReport.com (all of which I would like to transfer here if possible).

For the longest time I had thought that everything I posted at those sites was gone, lost to the internet forever. However, the other day I found that my old Blogger and WordPress accounts were still “alive” and I could retrieve some of my old posts. I figured that some of them might be worth saving and so I have decided to start transferring them over here to OnePointSafety.com.

Keep in mind, these old posts are not timely anymore and they are probably worthless to anyone now (in fact, come to think of it, they were probably worthless at the time I originally posted them). However, for preservation sake, I am going to start re-posting them here. I will include the header/banner from the original blog into these posts in order to make these older posts more identifiable and easier for readers to skip or ignore if you are not interested. I hope you enjoy the walk down memory lane as much as I do.

Note: I am going to create a category for these old blog posts and title it “CFBIndependent-CrystalFootball.”  

Yale’s 2004 Prank on Harvard – One of the Greatest! (via ESPN.com)

by Travis Normand
November 25, 2016

The following feature aired on ESPN’s College Gameday in 2014. I could have sworn I had posted it here soon after it originally aired. However, I came across the video again today and after a quick search, it appears I did not post it. So, in case you have never seen this, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch it.  This is why I love this game.

From ESPN.com:

Revisiting Yale’s 2004 Prank On Harvard

A decade after two Yale students pulled off an elaborate prank on Harvard during the 2004 edition of “The Game,” they revisit the plan and execution that has turned them into legends.

Click HERE to watch the video:  http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=11917734

Great Quotes from College Football History

by Travis Normand
November 7, 2016

This post is a little random but will serve as a collection of some of the greatest quotes (in my opinion) from college football coaches and personalities. In no particular order: 

[1] In 1968, Woody Hayes’ Ohio State team won its rivalry game against Michigan by a score of 50–14. Late in the game, Ohio State held a 44–14 lead and yet still scored one final touchdown. Instead of kicking an extra point, Hayes opted for a two-point conversion (which was unsuccessful). When asked later why he went for two points, Hayes replied, “Because I couldn’t go for three!

[2] In 1981, after the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bowie Kuhn, offered lifetime MLB passes to the returning hostages from the Iran hostage crisis, Carroll Hoff “Beano” Cook asked/said, “Haven’t they suffered enough?

[3] In July 2015, at SEC media days, Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema was asked how it had felt ending the previous season by defeating the Texas Longhorns 31-7 in the 2014 Texas Bowl. On their final possession, Arkansas had taken three kneel-downs after a first and goal in order to run out the clock and end the game. “It was a proud moment,” said Bielema. “Borderline erotic.

[4] As far as John Heisman  was concerned, fumbling the football was a cardinal sin. Among his many different preparation rituals, Heisman would recite the following speech to his team at the beginning of each season.  While holding up a football for all his players to see, Heisman would ask rhetorically, “What is this? It is a prolate spheroid, an elongated sphere-in which the outer leather casing is drawn tightly over a somewhat smaller rubber tubing. Better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football.”

[5] Henry Russell Sanders was the head football coach at UCLA from 1949-1957. During his tenure at UCLA he was asked about the importance of winning the UCLA-USC rivalry game. Sanders responded by saying “[I]t’s not a matter of life and death, it’s more important than that!”

Hopefully more to come….soon.

Happy Birthday College Football – 147 years old! (Nov. 6, 2016)

by Travis Normand
November. 6, 2016

Happy 147th Birthday College Football!

It was 147 years ago today (November 6, 1869) that the Rutgers College Queensmen defeated the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) 6-4 in what is considered by many as the first American football game (college or otherwise).

If you start by counting the 1869 season as the first college football season, then 2016 is the 148th season. In 2018, college football will be 149 years old and it will be the 150th season; while 2019 will see college football turn 150 years old.