Texas A&M to the SEC: Doesn’t make sense
The Texas-A&M-to-the-SEC talk is back.
Say it ain’t so.
This brouhaha was all the rage a year ago when it looked like the Big 12 might break up entirely, then it resurfaced earlier this summer when the Longhorn Network created scuttlebutt all around the league. After dying down a bit, rumors that the Aggies might bolt for the SEC are back.
Texas governor Rick Perry told the Dallas Morning News that his alma mater is talking to the SEC about the possibility of being a member in the future.
Of course, he also said he read about the swirling speculation at the same time as everyone else, so I’m not real sure how much the governor is in the know.
But for the sake of argument, let’s say Texas A&M is talking to the SEC about moving. Let’s say the Aggies do want to get the heck out of the Big 12. Let’s say they intend to bolt as soon as humanly possible because, as one Texas A&M official told the Houston Chronicle everyone in the conference is “tired of Texas.”
I have just one question for Texas A&M: do you like winning or losing?
Here’s the truth of the matter — Texas A&M football is on the comeback trail after some dark days. I’m not ready to buy completely into the hype — Oklahoma State is still my pick to finish second to Oklahoma in the Big 12 this season — but there’s no doubt that the Aggies are closer to the Big 12 championship than they have been in several years.
What’s more, if they continue to improve, you could see them running the table and having a chance to play for a national championship in the not-to-distant future.
If they stay in the Big 12.
Go to the SEC, and the climb to the top will be so much steeper. There are half a dozen teams in the SEC that are better than Texas A&M right now, and at least half of those teams show look like they’re not going to give ground any time soon.
So, in the Big 12, the Aggies could be championship contenders in a year or two, but in the SEC, they are a mid-level program fighting for their lives every year.
Umm, why is Texas A&M so hot to trot to the SEC again?
There are lots of other reasons why staying in the Big 12 is the thing to do — everything from not giving the SEC a recruiting foothold in the state of Texas to the big pot of TV revenues that the 10-team Big 12 gets to split — but if you want to strip it down to the most elementary of reasons, winning is it. Winning is so much easier in the Big 12, and winning is paramount in college athletics.
Perhaps the Aggies have an inflated sense of themselves, I don’t know, but if they take a look around, it won’t take long to realize that they could be the kings of this castle one day soon. If they think going to a land far, far away will solve their problems, they’re living a fairytale.
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