Why I Like Texas A&M to the SEC

Bob ZenContributor IIIAugust 12, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 25:  The Texas A&M University Aggies mascot, Reveille VII, sits on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Oklahoma State University Cowboys at Kyle Field on October 25, 2003 in College Station, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Aggies 38-10.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The SEC and Big12 boards are all ablaze with the news that A&M is headed to the SEC. The Aggies have been flirting with going to the best conference in the land for years, and it looks like there may finally be a deal in place.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit College Station recently and had an A&M grad give me a tour of their campus and their nightlife. Having seen the campus and talked to several people in and around the area, I think they will fit right in with the SEC. 

Sure they’re a little different, but no more so than LSU with their Cajun flavor. They eat some strange foods—brisket vs pulled pork. They have kind of a Southern accent, but not quite. Just think of them as LSU with 10 gallon hats.

Their stadium is a little on the small side, but that’s nothing that getting out from under big brother can’t cure. With the full support of the SEC, they will get more money, better recruits and soon a bigger stadium.

They also have some nice traditions. Unfortunately, one of their best traditions, the lighting of the bonfire, has gone away due to a terrible accident several years ago. Still, in its day, it was a sight to see.

They also have a tradition that they kiss their dates after each score. I’d like to see that one take off. Let’s match our tradition of cute southern girls in short dresses with their tradition of kissing your date and man, now you’ve got a party.

Another way that they fit in with the SEC, they really love their dogs. The SEC has a great tradition of live animals, particularly dogs, as mascots. As a Georgia fan, I can appreciate that love and tradition. 

Some information for those of you not familiar with Reveille’s long history can be found here. What isn’t in that post is that while they were doing construction, and before they put in the Reveille Scoreboard, cadets would stand with a scoreboard during games so that the dogs would know the score. That’s some dedication right there.

I think this is a great get for the SEC. The only real question in my mind is who will be the 14th team in the SEC?