Aggie in Chief John Sharp, otherwise known as chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, couldn’t resist poking fun at an in-state rival on Monday when he announced plans for upgrading research and adding an education center at the system’s Riverside campus a few miles west of the College Station flagship.
The moment came in the opening passages of his speech at a meeting of transportation industry officials at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
First, though, Sharp engaged in a bit of self-deprecating humor, declaring that he would “stick to the script” that was written for him at the insistence of system officials who implied that “perhaps some of the speeches I give folk around here are not completely factual.”
Then, true to form, he went off-script.
“I give Aggie speeches, as I like to tell people, which are short and to the point, as opposed to Longhorn speeches which have a point here and a point here and mostly bull in between,” Sharp said, gesturing to the left and right. “So we’ll get right to this.”