Today or tomorrow, Texas A&M will make it official and join the SEC. By a vote of 10-2 (the two who didn’t want the move being Vandy and Ole Miss), the Aggies were voted in by the SEC presidents.
There has been a lot of speculation to why A&M is coming to the SEC. Some say it is for money, but A&M really doesn’t need the money they do just fine.
Some say it’s the crumbling of the Big 12, which membership went to 10 this year. That may be partly true. There are rumors swirling that A&M is not the only school making a move.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may be moving to the Pac-12 leaving basically only Texas to carry the big-boy banner which leads to the REAL reason A&M is leaving; pride.
The Aggies are TIRED of being Texas’ little brother. The last straw came when Texas was allowed to start their own network. The biggest school and the biggest moneymaker in the conference added insult to injury by starting their own network, screwing over the other nine members of the Big 12.
A&M was suppose to jump to the SEC last year maybe along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but decided to stay because of Texas. Texas played nice long enough to fool the other members of the Big 12 that they were willing to play fair and share; obviously that was just a ploy to keep the conference together.
Now with A&M leaving for the SEC, it opens to the door for other members to leave as well. The Big 12 is dead basically; done in by the greediness of one school.
Every in-state rivalry has a big brother, little brother element to it. Alabama has Auburn, Georgia has Georgia Tech, USC has UCLA and so on and so on. The difference is, just like in most families, you fight, but you still stay together and work things out.
There is no working things out between A&M and Texas. Texas made up its mind that they were the big dog, and that they did not want to share the stage, nor did they plan to. Texas thinks they are bigger then the Big 12; that theory will be tested now.