Aggies on the rise

Teddy Greenstein


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Chicago Tribune

Great question. You wonder if Texas A&M's leadership has even gotten that far in weighing the pros and cons of deserting the Big 12.

What's fueling this move is the Aggies' inferiority complex to Texas. It's certainly not a desire to form a rivalry with Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

Bottom line, the Aggies have been only marginally competitive in the Big 12 for the last 15 years.

The temptation is to say that with A&M moving up in class to the SEC, the Aggies will get crushed like a folding chair under the weight of a Longhorn. But A&M is on the rise, now in the trusty hands of coach Mike Sherman. And it's hard to imagine them being less competitive than they have been in the Big 12.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

Move will help program

Matt Murschel

Orlando Sentinel

Until recently, the Aggies hadn't been relevant in the college football landscape for a decade. But with the recent upswing in the program, the addition of A&M could be good for both the school and the SEC.

The school gets better exposure with games being played on national television almost every weekend while getting an increase in revenue. The SEC would gain traction in the state of Texas for recruiting and fan base.

Texas A&M most likely would join the SEC West, which means they would have to compete against Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn. If the Aggies, who went 9-4, were in the West last season, they would have finished fifth or sixth in the division.

mmurschel@tribune.com

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