9. 2008 Basketball: Watermelon Rind Yell – Texas A&M 80, No. 10 Texas 63
Many people might not remember this one, but I was at the game and this is a personal favorite of mine. TexAgs users proposed the idea after comments made by Texas’s then-head coach Rick Barnes.
Following a 2007 game in Reed Arena, Barnes made the comment that it was not the loudest arena he’d ever played in, and continued to make fun of the Aggies, saying that yells went out of style after junior high. “What’s next,” he asked. “Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon rind. Look at the scoreboard to see who’s behind?”
TexAgs grabbed hold of it and ran with it, and even found a modified version of the yell on the Williams College website. The idea was that if A&M was far enough ahead at the end of the game, the Yell Leaders would pass back a new signal, specially created for the yell, and Barnes’ chant would be yelled back at him.
The Aggies led the whole way, going into halftime with a 46-28 lead. Four Aggies scored in the double digits, led by Josh Carter with 19. D.J. Augustin and Dexter Pittman would each score 14 for Texas, but no other Longhorn would score more than 8 in the Aggies route.
With just over one minute left in the game and the Aggies up 100-58, all five starters were subbed out and the Yell Leaders passed back the horns down sign, the chosen signal for the Watermelon Yell. After just a few days of planning, the yell was pulled off and the result was epic. Here it is in all its glory. Beautiful.