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TexAgs Logo ESPN.gif
Web address www.texags.com
Slogan A Virtual Tradition.
Commercial? Mixed
Type of site
Online community
Registration Optional
Available in English
Owner Collegiate Commons, Ltd.
Created by Peter Kuo
Launched July 22, 1998[1]
Alexa rank
negative increase 73,598 (September 2014)[2]
Current status Active

TexAgs is an independent Texas A&M University fan website. It features articles, chat, forums, and recruiting information about Texas A&M Aggie sports. Receiving an average of 500,000 hits per day,[3] as of June 2008, TexAgs was the sixth most-visited college sports website[4] and the most visited NCAA Division I-A website.[5] From May 2006 to June 2007, the website received an average of 196,000 monthly unique visitors.[6]

TexAgs was created by Peter Kuo in May 1997 and sold to its current operators in December 1999.[1][7] When it debuted, TexAgs only had 2,000-3,000 members, and forums only discussed Aggie football. In February 2007, The Association of Former Students announced a marketing partnership with TexAgs.com.[8] Presently, there are more than 30 different forums and 60,000+ users. The website never used any form of advertising for promotion, as it grew popular via word of mouth.[3]

Notable forum posts include one that disclosed that former University of Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar received payment for non-worked hours from a local auto dealership seven months before the University kicked the player off of the team and reported the infraction to the NCAA.[7][9][10] Former University President and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has posted as "Ranger65".[7][11][12][13][14][15] In April 2010, TexAgs gained national attention when a forum member posting as "dermdoc" posted of terminating an employee because of increased costs due to Obamacare. The employee happened to have voted for President Barack Obama.[16][17] Texas A&M graduate and US Astronaut Mike Fossum posted late on July 29, 2011 from the International Space Station using an account TexAgs staff set up for him earlier that day.[18]

TexAgs has nine full-time employees, including the owner, Brandon Jones.[7][19] Message boards are moderated by twenty volunteers.[20]

In 2009, the website became an affiliate of ESPN.com as part the 20 college TEAM Sports Network.[21]

On August 22, 2011, TexAgs radio was launched as a daily Aggie sports talk show on KZNE 1150 the Zone. Hosts include Gabe Bock and Billy Luicci.


Some current and former members have criticized the operation of the message forums, particularly its moderation policies. Such criticisms include a policy of anonymous moderation by a staff of twenty, led by Brandon Jones, who are allowed to post alongside regular members.[22][23] This is in contrast to similar websites that list their staff and moderators in an open fashion. Further, such moderation is sometimes seen as inconsistent.[24][25]Many moderators on Texags actively support conservative conspiracy theories through selective moderation.[26] Many moderators also fail to meet the websites specific moderation rules giving great leeway to conservative posters and issues.[27][28] The Texags website also passively supports users calling for the assassination of President Obama, through lack of moderation.[29]


  1. ^ a b Griffin, Tim (1999-07-31). "College football fans zone in on the Web". San Antonio Express-News. 
  2. ^ "Texags.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ a b Fullhart, Steve (2006-10-28). "The TexAgs Internet Explosion". KBTX. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Most Popular In College and University". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Most Popular In NCAA Division I-A". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  6. ^ Jones, Brandon (2007-07-09). "WatchOle". TexAgs. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  7. ^ a b c d Buckley, Christopher B. (2008-06-23). "Cyber Fanatics: TexAgs.com fans commune online". The Battalion. 
  8. ^ "TexAgs.com and The Association Announce Strategic Marketing Partnership". 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  9. ^ Roberts, Selena (2007-07-15). "Internet Whistleblowers Go Where N.C.A.A. Fears to Tread". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  10. ^ Steele, Michael (2006-08-29). "TexAgs' Brandon Jones turned a hobby into a career". The Battalion. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  11. ^ Doyel, Gregg (2006-12-12). "Our best defense shouldn't come from a message board". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Dr. Gates breaks cover". TexAgs. 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  13. ^ Cohen, Rachel (2006-12-08). "Anonymous posts on TexAgs.com came from Gates". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  14. ^ "Post on Texags by Secretary Gates". TexAgs. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  15. ^ I doubt that NC State has a Ranger65 at StateFans Nation
  16. ^ CBS News
  17. ^ The Houston Press
  18. ^ TexAgs.com: Aggies Only
  19. ^ Jacobs, Homer (2012-03-10). "Media Monster, TexAgs.com Grows Into Center Of The Aggie World". 12th Man Foundation. Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  20. ^ Bragg, Roy (2008-05-16). "UPDATED: Spurs supporters use online message boards to meet people, blow off steam". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  21. ^ "January 21, 2009 AGGIE ROUNDUP". 
  22. ^ "* Some of My Thoughts on Moderation - Please Read *". TexAgs. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  23. ^ "* Some of My Thoughts on Moderation - Please Read *". TexAgs. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  24. ^ "Why posters need multiple aliases?". TexAgs. 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  25. ^ "Hey Staff". TexAgs. 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  26. ^ "Dinesh Was Right – Obama Forming Global Caliphate". Texags. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". www.texags.com. www.texags.com. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  28. ^ "Yes...the Iran Nuclear Negotiations ARE Munich in 1938". www.Texags.com. Aggie4life02. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  29. ^ "Iran Deal Reached?". Texags.com. Little Rock Ag. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 

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