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A New Era Begins At Texas A&M

The folks in the Texas A&M video department have been busy.  Yesterday they released the following clip celebrating the Aggies’ move into the SEC.  No surprise the release coincided with the SEC’s “Welcome to the League” party thrown in Atlanta last night.

Enjoy…

Texas A&M – A New Era Begins

 


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Gamecock in ATL
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JB TexasEx, singlehanded through his comments, is proving everything that the "A&M propaganda machine" supposedly lied about TU:

1) Texas is arrogant and full of themselves

2) Texas is hard to get along with

3) Texas whines about everything that doesn't go their way

4) Texas is actually jealous of others when they do something to better themselves, especially if it was against the wishes of mighty Texas

 

No wonder Notre Dame won't join your league! And don't try to act like TCU and WVU were sound replacements for A&M and Mizzou. In the short run, everyone in the Big 12 will get more money because it's a smaller pie. But in the long run things will continue to be problematic and the league brand will suffer. The only flagships left are TU and OU. TCU is a one hit wonder that will fade like Utah. WVU is the next Louisville of the early 2000's. Texas Tech is already over. Kansas is like Kentucky - one good season every 20 years and the other 19 years only cares about basketball. Okie State helps with depth and SOS, but doesn't draw any national interest, even when playing big opponents. Kansas State is like Pittsburgh without the history - comes on the radar once every 4 years for a big game, then goes AWOL until next leap year. I don't need to mention Baylor or Iowa State. Nebraska and A&M had real brand equity and staying power, like TU and OU. Half of the top shelf teams are gone.

 

Next go round of TV deals are not going to be pretty because by then the Big 12 will be like the ACC of yesteryear - 1 or 2 good teams and a dozen mediocre ones. Next thing you know the 1 or 2 teams aren't so good anymore.

Dash1Bravo
Dash1Bravo like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @Gamecock in ATL You know the worst thing about taking A&M and Mizzou? JB shows up on this site and brings his crap along with him. Ever here him say a nice thing about anybody other than "his herd?" Nothing more bitter I suppose than a neutered bovine I suppose. Tell Steve we all said "Hi." He's more fun to watch on the sidelines than a clown with six ferrets in his pants...... Gonna miss the boy when he leaves the sport.

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @Gamecock in ATL Wow...you sure got me "Gamecock".

 

What little you know about Texas and the Big 12 was gleaned from what?  Your new "rivals".  USCe should know about being a one-hit wonder though.  Y'all haven't done much to distinguish yourselves...ever.  Your school is a SEC "flagship"?  Delusional?  Only powerhouses in SEC today are Bama & LSU.

 

Don't worry about our media rights deal.  Money will never be a problem for UT and our new Big 12 deal will compare favorably to the SEC's.  Especially after we add FSU and Clemson.  Now your TV renegotiations, particularly T1 with CBS, haven't had any movement yet.  Guess these two "brands" didn't add much.

elgoob
elgoob

 @JB TexasEx A&M is in a better place for A&M.  As far as I can tell, that video has nothing to do with UBovine.  Besides, UBovine gets to keep its network and, thanks to the SEC 'Champions Bowl', Big-12 looks to have come out in decent enough shape.  It's a win-win... why you so mad bro?

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @elgoob Not mad at A&M's decision.  Something needed to change - SEC is a good fit for them.

 

I'm angry at Aggies who point the finger at UT and their idiot accomplices in the press who blame us for their departure.  Big 12 rules were the same for everybody and they gave UT, OU and A&M a decided advantage over Baylor, Iowa State, etc.  My "hypocrites" point is A&M NEVER voted for equal revenue sharing.  That's a fact.

Gamecock in ATL
Gamecock in ATL

 @JB TexasEx As Ronald Reagan used to say ... "there you go again."

 

Did I ever say that South Carolina was a flagship school in the SEC? No, I didn't. SC adds depth, intriguing games on a national level (e.g. SC vs. UGA), and a strong fan base and atmosphere (80k stadium). Not an Alabama, but certainly an asset to the conference.

 

You are changing the subject a little bit to current performance with your reference to Bama and LSU. By that measure alone, Texas is not a powerhouse in the Big 12 anymore than Tennessee is in the SEC. But we both know that is the wrong metric. Beyond Bama and LSU, UF, UGA, and Tenn are all big brands that any conference would kill for. Add SC and Auburn and you start to get the idea on depth in the conference. Oh, now add A&M too, which even though you despise, you know is a very strong addition to the league.

 

As for the future, I know you read a lot of Orangebloods.com, but let's get real - no one knows how the realignment will shake out. Count FSU and Clemson IF you get them. Those would be nice schools for you to add, but don't count them yet. Also we'll see how the TV deals turn out.

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

Another misconception the Aggies have is that everybody in the Big 12 hates UT and would love to get away from them.....if only they could.  Yeah, right.  As a matter of fact, UT is currently helping OU with their AAU application and was instrumental in assisting with their soon to be launched "Sooner TV" network.  

 

But, don't take my word for it.  Here's a thoughtful goodbye letter written by an Iowa State alum and fan.  It's a must-read.

http://www.widerightnattylite.com/2011/10/17/2496477/goodbye-to-texas-a-m-university-a-study-in-dishonesty-hypocrisy-and

TheN8tureBoy
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 @JB TexasEx WAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! TEXAS A&M LEFT THE BIG 12-2-1-1+2!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

I keep reading and hearing the same old, tired BS about "DeLoss Dodds and Texas run the Big 12".  I can assure you that isn't the case.  We have the same ONE vote as every other team in the league.  I'll admit that the Aggie propaganda machine did a masterful job perpetuating this myth.  Of course, the lazy hacks in the media are all too ready to latch onto a "class envy" story .  It's sad, really.

TheN8tureBoy
TheN8tureBoy

 @JB TexasEx Did you guys hold the rest of the conference hostage by gallivanting with the PAC-12 or not?

 

You only have one vote but you do receive a disproportionate amount of revenues and you play by a different set of rules with the Longhorn Network ("We won't broadcast high school games or Big 12 games)!. You only have one vote but the other schools aren't equals. No other conference publicly refers to schools as "anchor schools".

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @TheN8tureBoy No, we did not "hold anybody hostage".  We're still here.

 

Funny how we were able to agree to equitable splits of the T1 and T2 revenues AFTER the 4 malcontents left; NU, CU, MU and A&M.  Our business model works and is attractive to high-profile universities with great football teams; TCU, WVU, FSU and Clemson, among others.  They will embrace ownership of their T3 media rights and profit from them. Something the Aggies could never figure out how to do.

TheN8tureBoy
TheN8tureBoy

 @JB TexasEx You didn't hold schools hostage? Did ISU, KSU, KU, Mizzou, Baylor, and Tx Tech enjoy it when tu, Oklahoma, Okie State, and A&M were rumored to go start a PAC-16?

 

Furthermore, did ISU, KSU, KU, Mizzou, and Baylor enjoy it when that same group, substitute A&M for Tx Tech, enjoy it when you flirted with the PAC-12 again this year? I'm going to say the "held hostage" claim is fair.

 

I'm going to pick up the tu handle. You guys want a different set of rules, see my points on high school and conference games on the lhn.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

It was interesting that they used part of the theme from Crimson Tide.Capt. Ramsey: Mr. COB!   Chief of the Boat: Yes, sir?   Capt. Ramsey: You're aware of the name of this ship, aren't you Mr. COB?   Chief of the Boat: Very aware, sir!   Capt. Ramsey: It bears a proud name, doesn't it, Mr. COB?   Chief of the Boat: Very proud, sir!   Capt. Ramsey: It represents fine people.   Chief of the Boat: Very fine people, sir!   Capt. Ramsey: Who live in a fine, outstanding state.   Chief of the Boat: Outstanding, sir!   Capt. Ramsey: In the greatest country in the entire world.   Chief of the Boat: In the entire world, sir!   Capt. Ramsey: And what is that name, Mr. COB?   Chief of the Boat: Alabama, sir!   Capt. Ramsey: And what do we say?   Capt. Ramsey, Chief of the Boat: Go Bama!   All: Roll Tide! 

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

Great Moments in Big 12 History: A&M Edition  

 

Conference Football Dominance  

In the 15 completed seasons of Big 12 play Texas A&M has finished the season as one of the top three programs twice, both coming in the late 1990s. In fact, the Aggies average finish is a middling 6th place behind such powerhouse programs as Kansas State & Texas Tech. Over the course of 15 seasons Texas A&M isn’t even the SECOND best program in the state.  

 

Bowl Games  

The Aggies have played in a bowl game in a somewhat solid 10 of the last 15 seasons. However, that’s where the good feelings stop – for their trouble the fake militia owns one bowl trophy. That’s right one, as in 1-9 in bowl games – and that one is from the 2001GalleryFurniture.com Bowl. Just for reference, Iowa State and Kansas are next in line with three bowl wins a piece over the same time period, including an Orange Bowl victory by the Jayhawks in 2008. In fact Baylor is the only Big 12 program with fewer bowl victories than Texas A&M.

guest
guest

 @JB TexasEx You forgot last year's bowl win.

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

My bad - two Bowl wins in the Big 12 Era.  Both at home @ Houston.

TheN8tureBoy
TheN8tureBoy

 @JB TexasEx Atta baby, don't address any of the points I make and head straight into name caling.

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @TheN8tureBoy 

You're really too stupid and immature to converse with "Nature Boy".  Perhaps you should stick with pro wrestling?

TheN8tureBoy
TheN8tureBoy

 @JB TexasEx  @Eagle78 I'm sure that OU is considered the main rival now. If you had polled the average Texas fan the previous 100 years, they, when posed with the same question, would have used some arrangement of the words "Texas" ,"A&M", "Aggies", and a wild assortment of profanity.

 

Texas is mad because you just called A&M's bluff and it turned out they weren't bluffing.

TheN8tureBoy
TheN8tureBoy

 @JB TexasEx Yes, I was around for the 80s. 

 

"They cheated". LOLOL! I'll translate that for everyone else reading that "I DON'T LIKE THEM AND CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER REASON AS TO WHY THEY BEAT MY TEAM WHO WAS ALSO CHEATING!! WAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!"

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @Eagle78 Not true.

 

We've still got our biggest rival - OU.  Don't believe me?  Poll every Longhorn fan and Texas-Ex that you know.  Aggies cut off their nose to spite their face.  Expect UT and Notre Dame to begin playing on Turkey Day in the very near future.

Eagle78
Eagle78

 @JB TexasEx Haha ... You Longhorn fans are so funny.  Really like to brag a lot and put down A&M a lot.  And just look where it got you:  lost your longest standing rival.  I never understood why Texas hates A&M so much.  Its a well known historical fact that both schools are woven from the same cloth.  Originally, A&M was intended to be part of the University of Texas, and it would have ended up that way but for former Governor and Confederate General Sul Ross who had a vision that A&M would be completely separate.  Is all this boasting really worth it ? --- for as long as you have been in existence A&M has been your rival and now that rivalry is gone.

 

I have a prediction:  the time for Texas honoring itself will soon come to an end.  Life always has a way of turning on a braggart.  

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @TheN8tureBoy Not particularly.

 

Were you even around then?  If so, you'll know that Jackie Sherrill cheated his way to SWC titles.  It's well-documented.  How bad would A&M's football history be without those wins?  Of course, they should have been stripped of a few W's.  But, the honorable Aggies wouldn't dream of changing anything.

Eagle78
Eagle78

 @JB TexasEx These things go in cycles JB.  For example, in the 90's, most of LSU's seasons were less than .500.  If I recall correctly, during a portion of the 80's and 90's A&M owned the Longhorns.  Look at Tennessee --- in the 90's they were tops.  

 

As a result, it really doesn't mean squat if A&M has a poor season this fall.  What will count is if that pattern persists and say, three to five years from now they have not improved.

Eagle78
Eagle78

 @JB TexasEx In the immortal words of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, with this LHN all the University of Texas has done is  "awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."  Here is the thing, A&M should have bolted for the SEC years ago.  It had not business staying in the same conference as Texas other than tradition.  Any way you slice it, this move to the SEC is very bad news for Texas.  It is the psychology behind it:  Texas somehow got the upper hand on A&M years back, for whatever reason, and so that dominance perpetuated itself.  That dominance was predicated upon A&M playing in Texas backyard.  Once that ends, the whole dynamics of the situation changes.  You know, I almost feel sorry for the horns.  I really do --- it is just a matter of time before everything tilts against it and towards the Aggies.  This may take a few years because A&M is heading into a new conference with a new coach and a new system, but it will happen.  How do I know this?

 

You recall I told you earlier I was a Vandy grad, and I'm darn proud of it.  But here is the thing -- I sent my kid to A&M.  Why?  Because as great as Vandy is, its not worth the $42000 a year in tuition and fees, plus costs of books and living expense.  That is just crazy!  Living in Texas we search around and we really liked what we saw at A&M.  Now my kid is a Junior there, and you know what I have concluded.  That video is right ... it is a world class institution.  As great as Vandy is, on the quality of the education offered at A&M it has nothing over the latter school other than smaller classes.  I could not be more impressed with the quality of the education provided to my son.  A person would have to have more money than he knows what to do with to send his kid to Vandy when he could send him to A&M for a fifth the total cost.  I can tell you person after person after person out of A&M who has landed top jobs  right out of school.  In fact, my son's best friend just landed a job on Wall Street with a major private equity firm.  Another friend's daughter landed a job with a national accounting firm with starting base pay of $75,000 right out of college.  Still another got a job as a financial analyst with Exxon for $70,000 right out of college. So, what does this have to do with the end of Texas' dominance in Texas?  Everything.  Look at what A&M has going for it:  world class education at an affordable price -- an education of such quality that A&M grads are securing top new graduate jobs.  They have a huge and supportive alumni base which includes in its ranks one of America's wealthiest men, George Mitchell.  Great resources. Word on the street is plans to update and expand Kyle Field to between 107,000 - 115,000 (not doubt Mr. Mitchell, 92, will play a huge role in that).  And now, on top of that, they will be playing in the undisputed king of the athletic conferences.  

 

I anticipate within five years the tables will really turn on the horns.  In recruiting and in the general buzz in college athletic circles when you think of the state of Texas and college sports the first name to come in mind will be Texas A&M.  This move is something A&M should have done long ago.  It needed to do something to distinguish itself in a major way from Texas.  Now the school has positioned itself to finally rise to its potential.  The giant that is Texas A&M University has finally been awakened.  Look out world of college athletics!

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @Eagle78 I never said that A&M wasn't a "world-class academic institution".

 

I'm banging on their mediocre football program and poorly run athletic department.  Hey, drink the Kool-Aid if you want.  The Aggies have been singing that song for years.  Logic says that a mediocre team in the Big 12 will be less than impressive in the "superior" SEC.  (2011 Sagarin Ratings say otherwise) 

 

But, "a rising tide lifts all boats" huh?  We'll see.

Dash1Bravo
Dash1Bravo

 @Eagle78 Vandy and A&M. Don't get that combo much. But gotta agree with you. One of the reasons the SEC is such a great conference is we respect each other's decisions on choosing a school. I did not end up at Florida for a degree because I would not have loved to go to Alabama (love that campus), but because I could not afford out of state tuition..  (A&M's Loftin is correct, this is about much more than football). Apparently, some from at least one school in the B12-1-1-2+2 has a problem with that concept.  

 

 Aside from spitting on the ground every time Georgia is mentioned, Gators everywhere root for them in bowl games, and we don't like it when anyone outside the conference goes after them. Not one bit. That's the SEC. On game day, we don't have much good to say about them, but God Bless those Dawgs, they are SEC and it would suck to not have fun with 'em during the year. Thats the SEC experience, and others don't get it. 

 

UF has a lot more in common with A&M than with Mizzou, but I like the way Mizzou has taken up the challenge, I like their fans, I like their sense of humor. The Ags, based on the quality (or lack of it)  of the guys who really don't like 'em, should fit in well too. Apparently, at least one B12-1-1-2+2 spends a lot of time posting gripes about  A&M. We don't care.  If a Gator can like the fact that Georgia is in the same conference as us (and we will fight tooth and nail to keep it that way), then what makes him think we really care what he has to say about A&M? Ags are gonna step in it once and a while, but haven't we all? I've spent a lot of time at Aggieland. Good place. Huge, and I mean Huge for those who have not been there. Friendly. Don't know about you Eagle, but my first day walking around that campus my jaw hurt from saying "Howdy" so much. How can you not like a place where your jaw actually hurts because every person you walk by says Howdy? Wouldn't be so painful, except THERE ARE SO MANY OF THEM!

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @Dash1Bravo  @Eagle78 UT vs A&M was a very respectful rivalry before this conference realignment went down.  I always pulled for the Aggies in bowl games.  Believe it or not, Big 12 members root for one another in big games against OOC opponents.  (well, maybe not OU but that is changing)

 

 

Eagle78
Eagle78

 @Dash1Bravo One of the things that makes A&M so special.  Its the comradery ... really really strong among aggies.  Never seen anything like it outside people I know who went to one of the academies.  

 

My point about A&M and Vandy ... just that both provide top quality education. But I could say the same for a lot of SEC schools (but I admittedly I don't know about them all).   I have heard a lot of great things about Florida too and the top notch quality of the education it gives its students.  Ditto for UGA, 'Bama and UT.  Don't know much about Arky other than its B school, which is really excellent (especially now, after the Waltons sunk a ton of cash in the joint).

 

I think the other SEC schools are going to find a kindred spirit in A&M.  I grew up in SEC country and am so looking forward to seeing A&M play the teams I used to go watch when I was a kid.  

Gamecock in ATL
Gamecock in ATL like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @JB TexasEx Wow, those are a lot of stats you keep on your rival that you say you don't care about. Why are you trolling an SEC dedicated site again?

AllTideUp
AllTideUp like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @Gamecock in ATL  @JB TexasEx  @TheN8tureBoy   Yeah, I keep hearing that Texas and the rest of Big 12 are happy...no, ECSTATIC...that A&M and the rest are gone and that the defectors were the troublemakers.  Why do they feel the need to tell everyone that then?  Especially on non-Big 12 sites?

 

They are kind of like that crazy ex-girlfriend that says "I'm glad you're gone and I never loved you in the first place!"

TheN8tureBoy
TheN8tureBoy like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @JB TexasEx  @AllTideUp  @Gamecock in ATL Liars and hypocrites? You still haven't addressed tu using the lhn to broadcast high school or conference games. You guys lied with that and now you're the hypocrite for saying Texas A&M is full or liars.

 

Please just leave, you can't win. Do you even have a point other than the fact that you don't like Texas A&M?

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @AllTideUp  @Gamecock in ATL  @TheN8tureBoy 

Believe whatever you want to believe.  

 

Do you enjoy doing business with liars or hypocrites?  We don't.  "Ecstatic" is probably too strong a word, but they won't be missed.  A&M certainly isn't critical to our survival or success, much to their chagrin.

TheN8tureBoy
TheN8tureBoy like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @JB TexasEx Yawn

JB TexasEx
JB TexasEx

 @TheN8tureBoy I know, right?

 

Why is the SEC excited about adding a mediocre TX team?  A&M is just a bigger Miss State.  But, at least that land grant college stopped playing Army years ago.

Troy
Troy

Loyalty...ha. That's funny.

Gamecock in ATL
Gamecock in ATL

Loyalty IS why they joined the SEC. You can't say they are disloyal because they left a dysfunctional Big 12 that was being dictated by TU.

ShelbyAg
ShelbyAg

We do show it pre game, we have one every year. Also we update them throughout the season. If you youtube "There's a Spirit Video" it should bring up all of them from our past season. The ones from about three years ago are the best.

 

Roger Creager's voice is to low and you cant hear it well in the stadium.

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