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#1 cberen1

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:26 AM

Today is another historic day for Texas as the state's oldest public institution of higher education, Texas A&M University, joins the SEC to compete with the very best athletic programs in the country. SEC member institutions have dominated the college athletic landscape for many years, winning far and away more NCAA national championships than any other athletic conference. In fact, since 1990 the SEC has averaged almost seven championships per year. The Aggies will be representing the state of Texas on the biggest stage in college athletics. Good Luck Aggies.

#2 renamerusk

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:30 PM

.......The Aggies will be representing the state of Texas on the biggest stage in college athletics. Good Luck Aggies.


Not only will Texas A&M be competing in a high caliber athletic conference for which one can argue whether that should be the highest aspiration of a college. But for certain, A&M will be significantly upgrading the scholastic image of the SEC. If athletics is their goal, then A&M has chosen correctly. I hope that A&M's new association with the athletic driven SEC will not cause the perception that it is yet another football school instead being among the very best public institutions in the nation.

As a TCU supporter, I am grateful that A&M's departure provided a gateway and consequently helped paved the way for the Horned Frogs to move into a top tier conference, Big XII. For TCU, it will be the best of both worlds, academically and athletically.

Good luck to Texas A&M and to TCU!

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:55 PM

Good luck competing in the SEC, Aggies. Just being a member of a premier conference means little if you can't compete, regardless of the hype. The Aggie Boards speculate how being in the SEC will improve recruiting. I suppose that means a better level of athlete will come to A&M simply to participate in a game in which he or she losses to a superior SEC team. Are you kidding? A&M was the Big 12 football champs once in the 16 year history of the conference. OU was 3-5 in the conference that year and UT was 6-2. A&M was 7-1 but lost to UT, so A&M could only win the conference when UT and OU were off. I suppose if Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Tennessee all have off years, A&M may have a chance. We'll check your record in 2028. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy A&M did what they thought best and I think the Big 12 is doomed after the current TV contract expires (absent some real unexpected additions). I just don't understand the unrealistic expectations.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:21 AM

There's some truth to that. Clearly the Aggies should have left in 1994 during the waning years of the SWC. At that time that had won 6 of the last 10 SWC titles and had beaten UT 9 of 10 times. But hindsight being what it is, I don't think anyone knew at the time what a dysfunctional conference the Big 12 would turn out to be. I guess you have to correct those mistakes when the opportunities present themselves.

In the SEC the Aggies get a very stable conference, more national exposure, more money and a great slate of home games every year. I suppose there are worse things.




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