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08:30 AM ET 01.28 | Texas A&M heading to the SEC may just be a matter of time, thanks in large part to Texas. Long term, the Texas missile crisis is untenable, and that's why Texas A&M is going to join the SEC eventually. Here are five other points that everyone should keep in mind as the evolution of college football continues. ... [Every] year the rivalry with A&M will mean less to Texas because the Longhorn will be looking for national rivals that will bring them more television dollars. On the other hand, A&M in the SEC would be able to market itself as the SEC team in Texas, the lone opportunity for hotshot Texas recruits to play in the best football conference in America. Right now, what distinguishes A&M from Texas in the eyes of the average high schooler? Not much, right?

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January 28, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Asked a Texan what he thought about this talk; he said "The competition here is tough enough, they won't go to a conference where they will barely eek out 6 wins a year."

Any other thoughts?

January 28, 2011  08:55 AM ET

I wanna know who the SEC is gonna kick out to make room for A&M? Or are they expecting the SEC to expand to 14?

January 28, 2011  09:00 AM ET

Probably would add Clemson or possibly FSU to the east? SEC won't be able to kick anyone out I wouldn't think.

I think this would be a great move for both the SEC and Aggies. Houston market and Texas recruiting. Money and playing in the best conference. Win win.

January 28, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Question: "Right now, what distinguishes A&M from Texas in the eyes of the average high schooler?"

Answer: Texas wins more games and oh yeah the whole Sheep/Man love thing.

January 28, 2011  09:13 AM ET

If we're going to add an Ag school, let's kick out the other one.

January 28, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Question: "Right now, what distinguishes A&M from Texas in the eyes of the average high schooler?"Answer: Texas wins more games and oh yeah the whole Sheep/Man love thing.

True, but what have you done for me lately?

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January 28, 2011  09:28 AM ET
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That question is like asking What distinguishes Donald Trump from Donald Duck.

But has the tide turned or was this past season a fluke?

January 28, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I wanna know who the SEC is gonna kick out to make room for A&M? Or are they expecting the SEC to expand to 14?

Vanderbilt - they belong in the ACC or Big East - not the SEC. This is a long overdue divorce. Move Auburn over to the East and plug LSU and T A/M yearly rivals and Florida / Arkansas the same. Besides, with Vandy, its like having the token geek on the squad for diversity's sake. Everyone knows its a farce, but yet......

Further, I think that Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Tulane, and Wake Forest should just form their own conference anyways. Call it the W.A.S.P Conference, you know - Western Applalachian Southern Plains Conference or the We Are Smart People Conference. Or....go with the old old favorite - White Anglo Saxon Protestant Conference.

January 28, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I wanna know who the SEC is gonna kick out to make room for A&M? Or are they expecting the SEC to expand to 14?

They cannot just "kick" someone out. So it has to be an expansion thing to 14 or 16. More likely a prelude to the first super-conf in CF by going to 16. You have all heard this before, but a playoff would set up real nice if Div I schools broke into 4 conferences of 16 teams (goodbye Big East and Big 12) and had the conf champs and 4 at-large (based on a BCS type formula) square off.

I know, dream on baby.

January 28, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Adding A&M would help the SEC academically as only Vandy#17, Florida 53# and Georgia #56 rank higher than the Ags #63 in the current US News College rankings. But of course everyone else in the country knows that the SEC puts a low priority on academic performances by revenue sports.

January 28, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Of course, Notre Dame might not cotton the last appellation! They are still sore about the whole Martin Luther thing.

January 28, 2011  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Vanderbilt - they belong in the ACC or Big East - not the SEC. This is a long overdue divorce. Move Auburn over to the East and plug LSU and T A/M yearly rivals and Florida / Arkansas the same. Besides, with Vandy, its like having the token geek on the squad for diversity's sake. Everyone knows its a farce, but yet......Further, I think that Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Tulane, and Wake Forest should just form their own conference anyways. Call it the W.A.S.P Conference, you know - Western Applalachian Southern Plains Conference or the We Are Smart People Conference. Or....go with the old old favorite - White Anglo Saxon Protestant Conference.

That's good. Did you just think this up on the fly?

January 28, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Are there any hard facts to back this up or is it just the pure speculation of the sportswriter? Give me some facts here.

January 28, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If we're going to add an Ag school, let's kick out the other one.

Excuse my dumbness but who is that?

January 28, 2011  09:39 AM ET
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That question is like asking What distinguishes Donald Trump from Donald Duck.

What sin against humanity did Donald Duck commit that deserves being lumped in with the sheep molesters?

January 28, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

That's good. Did you just think this up on the fly?

Many thanks; on rare occasion, I have my moments - they of course, mostly end in failure!

January 28, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Vanderbilt - they belong in the ACC or Big East - not the SEC. This is a long overdue divorce. Move Auburn over to the East and plug LSU and T A/M yearly rivals and Florida / Arkansas the same. Besides, with Vandy, its like having the token geek on the squad for diversity's sake. Everyone knows its a farce, but yet......Further, I think that Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Tulane, and Wake Forest should just form their own conference anyways. Call it the W.A.S.P Conference, you know - Western Applalachian Southern Plains Conference or the We Are Smart People Conference. Or....go with the old old favorite - White Anglo Saxon Protestant Conference.

First, Notre Dame is a catholic school. Not protestant.

Second, as hog fan I don't want an annual game with Florida.

Third, Northwestern is located in Chicago, Notrem Dame in South Bend, IN. Same with Michigan. Not southern.

 
January 28, 2011  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Of course, Notre Dame might not cotton the last appellation! They are still sore about the whole Martin Luther thing.

Oh you are going to stir the domers up...but that is damn funny.

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