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Texas A&M Football: Should the Aggies Go to the SEC?

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Wide receiver Ryan Swope #25 of the Texas A&M Aggies is tackled by Ron Brooks #13 of the LSU Tigers during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Wide receiver Ryan Swope #25 of the Texas A&M Aggies is tackled by Ron Brooks #13 of the LSU Tigers during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIJune 29, 2016

If you're in college football land and you haven't heard, here's the big (rumored) news of the day: Texas A&M's off to the SEC.

The A&M boys and gals will say that it's all about competitive balance, but for a team that woefully underperformed in the Big 12 until last season, how will they be anything more than a poor person's Arkansas?

They won't be as strong as Alabama, LSU, or Arkansas. They'll try and create a natural rivalry with Arkansas, but whether you like it or not, it's still going to be horrible for SEC fans to have travel to College Station.

Sooner or later, Texas A&M will do what most SEC schools do: hold its nose in the air and say, "We don't want to play the Texas game because we're an SEC school."

But going back to our original point, it's not about competitive balance.

It's about money.

The Aggies have got their panties in a twist because the Texas Longhorns have a TV network and they don't, and the Longhorns will generate the cash and they won't.

And remember, the problem in the first place is Texas A&M's.

For years Texas A&M coaching hires have been uninspiring and their teams have been downright disappointing.

Aggieland is a great place for people to watch football games (in fact, you'd probably put in your top 10 in terms of atmosphere), but the Aggies themselves are a mid-rate team, and it's A&M's fault for not putting its money in its pocket and getting the best coaches and recruiters.

But when the Aggies go to the SEC and are a mid-table team, people will forgive the board of regents.

I wouldn't.

 

 

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