Tech Bans T-Shirts Featuring Vick, A&M's Dog Mascot

Tuesday, October 9th 2007, 5:32 pm
By: News On 6

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech has banned the sale of a T-shirt bearing the likeness of former Falcons star Michael Vick hanging the dog mascot of Texas A&M.

The red and black shirts, with text that says ``VICK 'EM'' in an apparent reference to the Aggies slogan ``Gig 'em,'' was created by a Tech student.

Officials say the student was trying to sell them before Saturday's game in Lubbock.

The back of the shirt shows a football player wearing the number seven Vick jersey holding a rope with an image of the mascot ``Reveille'' at the end of a noose.

Vick faces up to five years in prison after pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges.

The creator of the shirt, Geoffrey Candia, declined comment to The Associated Press.

But Candia told The Battalion -- A&M's newspaper -- that Tech prohibited sale of the shirts on campus through his fraternity.

Texas Tech officials late today announced a student group is temporarily suspended and will face judicial review for allegedly violating the student code of conduct.

The school didn't immediately release the name of the fraternity.