So the Aggies of Texas A&M thought that they could get the jump on the whole college football realignment business by joining the SEC right away. Like, they thought they’d be in the SEC next season. The only problem with this is that the SEC never asked Texas A&M to join them, doesn’t really want them right now and basically told A&M “Yeah, uh, thanks big guy…but no thanks” on Sunday. Boy, have their faces got to be red…or orange…or burnt sienna or whatever their school colors are.
“(Texas A&M) did approach the SEC, not the other way around,” [Arkansas chancellor Dave] Gearhart said. “I’m not really sure of all the reasons for that. I’m sure that there’s a lot of speculation on behalf of a lot of people that what caused them to do that.
“The bottom line is they did approach the SEC.”
One has to assume that A&M was attempting to be proactive because they do not want to be left out in the cold when Texas bolts out of the Big 12 for greener pastures in the next year or two. Too bad for them that it appears A&M will not be going anywhere greener anytime soon.
Will anyone take on A&M now that the SEC flat out rejected them? Did they blow their proverbial wad when attempting to hook up with the prettiest girl in college? Could they now have to hook up with the last girl in the bar at 3am when the lights come on? Is it possible that I can make any more forced awkward references to my time spent in college? In all seriousness, no, they’re probably going to end up in the SEC at some point even though it doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever.
Discounting money for a second, why on earth would A&M want to be in the SEC? They can barely compete against Texas (and that is being really really generous to them) how are they going to compete in a conference that most seasons has 2 or 3 teams that have the talent level as good or better than what Texas has on a yearly basis? Football-wise, the move makes zero sense whatsoever. Getting into the SEC would help them out financially for a bit sure, but in the end, it could hurt their program more than its already being hurt by languishing behind the Longhorns season after season.
I understand that big conferences with big teams bring in big dollars, but maybe A&M might do better for itself in the long run thinking smaller and instead trying to become a bigger fish in a littler pond. Perhaps A&M should think outside the box a little more, Nebraska and Colorado certainly did.