The SEC had a problem this past week, and we’re not talking about the Securities and Exchange Commission. A t-shirt honoring the collegiate Southeastern Conference was released with a somewhat embarrassing misprint. T-shirt maker Aggieland Outfitters offered a t-shirt for sale intended for Texas A&M fans. The shirt featured a geographic design. While the design purposefully omitted Texas rival Missouri, it curiously included North Carolina. The problem is that North Carolina is not part of that conference (though, historically, it was originally in talks to join).
There’s no mention of how many were sold, though only a few dozen of the shirts were reported to have been printed. The controversy stems from the fact that some people used the shirt as a way to imply that the Texans don’t know their geography. Aggieland Outfitters has since released an apology, stating that they alone were responsible for the design mistake and that they are not affiliated with the university. As Aggieland Outfitters is based in Texas and their primary trade is in A&M items, we can safely assume that this was an honest mistake.
The shirt has since been pulled from their website and store shelves. Given the uproar over a few dozen shirts, we can safely assume that Aggieland Outfitters will be a bit more careful with future designs.