On Saturday, A&M professor Michael Alvard, an assistant in the school's department of anthropology who is a supporter of the statue's removal, was arrested by Texas A&M police after crossing police tape into an "exclusionary zone" between the protesters while trying to speak. IGNORANCE keeps people from UNITY & CHANGE. Jimbo Fisher’s recruiting reach for A&M starts in Texas and springs east, Hezekiah Jones’ return a welcome sight for Texas A&M, Houston at No. On ExpressNews.com: Voices: Coach Jeff Traylor, UTSA football players vow to speak out. His widow, the late Margaret Rudder, once said while her husband’s actions were noble, they also had much to do with football, at least when finally allowing women to attend A&M. “But (coach) Jimbo Fisher’s most prominent saying will always stick with me: ‘Your ACTIONS speak so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying.’ The Lawrence Sullivan Ross Statue NEEDS to be removed.”, A resolute Mond later added: “Texas A&M University, I NEED to see ACTION.”, Mond then retweeted an ambiguous post claiming “90 percent of racist comments” on a Twitter thread regarding racism at A&M “have been about the corps” — Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets, the heartbeat of the university. Mond, who turns 21 on Monday, received the enthusiastic backing of many teammates, former A&M players and activists via social media, and he later posted a missive calling for the removal of the statue, which was vandalized just prior to the hullabaloo enveloping it. His coverage of Texas A&M’s move to the SEC from the Big 12 also netted a third-place finish nationally in 2012. This weekend, protesters for keeping the statue held signs that read "Aggie traditions matter" in response to the "Black Lives Matter" signs and sang the "Aggie War Hymn," the school's fight song, to counter BLM protesters. Mond, who is from San Antonio, again replied to a since-deleted tweet that said people were spreading false information about Ross. They’re finally getting it entering Kellen Mond’s senior season — far from the four walls of Kyle Field. Mond then retweeted an ambiguous post claiming “90 percent of racist comments” on a Twitter thread regarding racism at A&M “have been about the corps” — Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets… He is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and Sam Houston State University, where he played baseball. It’s quite an evolving dynamic at historically buttoned-down A&M and on other campuses across the nation this summer: players becoming vocal activists on a variety of matters via social media, at the risk of alienating plenty of the people who have ponied up financially to make places like Kyle Field and its surroundings so appealing to recruits and current players. As debate continues about a controversial statue's place on the Texas A&M campus, senior quarterback Kellen Mond has taken on a role as an outspoken critic of … A&M was an all-male, white military institute until then-president Earl Rudder pushed for the inclusion of female and black students in the mid-1960s. Mond left himself no wiggle room among fans primed to pounce on his first mistake this season — if there is a season based on the global pandemic — and the howls for backup Zach Calzada will resonate from A&M followers long before the scheduled opening kickoff Sept. 5 against Abilene Christian at Kyle Field. “The values of Texas A&M University do not align with RACISM, VIOLENCE, SLAVERY and SEGREGATION,” Mond wrote. His coverage of Texas A&M’s move to the SEC from the Big 12 also netted a third-place finish nationally in 2012. Brent met his wife, KBTX-TV news anchor Crystal Galny, in the Dixie Chicken before an A&M-Texas Tech football game in 2002, and the couple has three children: Will, Zoe and Brady. How Mond protests and how he plays should be unattached, of course, but the tenor of many responses from fans have zeroed in on his on-field performance, and the Aggies are 13-11 against SEC foes in his three seasons as a starter. COLLEGE STATION — For the past three seasons Texas A&M fans have yearned to see more passion from their stoic starting quarterback. Mond tweeted, "Michael Alvard was arrested at the Sully Statue protest for trying to speak to both sides of the protest. Thousands of Corps members, dressed in khakis, stand together during games at Kyle Field and are the Aggies’ most ardent supporters for those few hours, win or lose. 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Today the no-nonsense Earl Rudder might find himself forming commissions, as the current president Young leans on, in trying to figure out how to handle today’s issues — ones certain not to fade away following Mond’s first fade pass in September. The iconic Rudder was a World War II hero and perhaps A&M’s only leader in that disruptive 1960s era who could have pulled off such drastic and needed changes. “I was born in 1964 in the heart of the civil rights movement, and grew up with a generation that should have done more to correct the wrongs in America. Critics of Ross point to his days as a storied "Indian fighter" in the early Texas frontier. Voices: A&M QB Mond’s comments on removing statue receives praise, Photo: Michael Miller /Bryan-College Station Eagle. Mond, who could not be reached for comment, later removed the retweet. Conversely, Mond and his teammates might ask of any fan discontent concerning quarterback: What’s new? His widow, the late Margaret Rudder, once said while her husband’s actions were noble, they also had much to do with football, at least when finally allowing women to attend A&M. "Without Sul Ross, neither Texas A&M University nor Prairie View A&M University would likely exist today," Young said in a statement in 2017. A&M president Michael K. Young has since announced a commission will determine the statue’s standing, in pushing the volatile topic down the road. When I look at my football team, a true melting pot of diversity, I am buoyed by their thoughtfulness, their desire to do better and their willingness to demand change. Brent Zwerneman is a staff writer for the Houston Chronicle covering Texas A&M athletics. He’s a four-time winner of APSE National Top 10 writing awards for the San Antonio Express-News, including a second-place finish for breaking the Dennis Franchione “secret newsletter” scandal in 2007. As debate continues about a controversial statue's place on the Texas A&M campus, senior quarterback Kellen Mond has taken on a role as an outspoken critic of the monument and those who wish to keep it, saying the statue represents someone who "killed and disenfranchised blacks.". 2:52 pm pic.twitter.com/1gkd4hgkMR, Texas A&M president Michael Young defended the Ross statue's place on campus in 2017 as the national debate raged after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and several monuments were removed at the University of Texas in Austin. On ExpressNews.com: Voices: Conversations about race just beginning between Texas athletes, school officials. But we didn’t push hard enough for change. Capital One Fan Vote: Who's the best team in the country. But maybe we have failed. “... (Ross) killed and disenfranchised blacks.”. 6 Cincinnati: What you need to know, UH still trying to get running game off the ground, UT's D’Shawn Jamison gets by with a little help from his friends. Prairie View A&M was created to obtain federal funds from the second Morrill Act (1890). Brent met his wife, KBTX-TV news anchor Crystal Galny, in the Dixie Chicken before an A&M-Texas Tech football game in 2002, and the couple has three children: Will, Zoe and Brady. If you’re looking for trouble, then you can make trouble (as a victim). He killed and disenfranchised blacks. “If one side is protesting racism, the other side is counterprotesting racism,” wrote Mond, who is black.