Arkansas Razorbacks news from the staff of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Aggie band staying home
The Texas A&M band prepares to play during halftime of an NCAA college football game against Sam Houston State Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
FAYETTEVILLE Texas A&M will not bring its famous marching band to Fayetteville on Saturday.
The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band won't make the trip after it was informed prior to the season it wouldn't be allowed to march at halftime of the game against the Razorbacks. Texas A&M will not bring a pep band either.
According to KBTX, the band had to cancel more than 100 rooms in Northwest Arkansas.
A full slate of halftime activities was the reason given for the decision by UA officials, who said members of the band were welcome to sit in the stands. Arkansas' halftime shows usually include a performance by its own marching band, and recognitions for current or former athletes and boosters.
According to the Bryan Eagle, the Aggies' live mascot, a border collie named Reveille, will also stay in College Station. The newspaper cited a UA policy of not allowing any non-service animals in its athletics facilities, though the Razorbacks' live Russian boar mascot attends each game.