Sure hate to see the Longhorns in the dumps . . . NOT! Texas football, basketball, and baseball all down at the same time;priceless. It's always good when the arrogant are brought low. Here's hoping that A&M and the rest of the Big 12 continue to dance upon their grave. Unfortunately, the odds of that are about equal to the likelihood that Texas won't have any tornadoes the rest of this decade. Enjoy it while you can, Texas haters.
A new poll from a group called Public Policy Polling shows that 22% of Texans asked said that they are Texas A&M Aggie fans. Only 20% said they are Texas Longhorn fans. When last the poll was done in September of 2011, the Longhorns got support from 23% while the Ags got just 15% of the backing.
Why the switch? Well, Texas A&M has shot into the national spotlight while Texas struggled last season and at the beginning of this season. Johnny Manziel plays in College Station. And A&M’s game are viewed on CBS or ESPN every week thanks to their jump to the SEC.
As for the rest of the schools in Texas, the polling showed support for Houston (10%), Baylor (8%), Texas Tech (5%), TCU (4%), UTEP (3%) and SMU (2%).
Interestingly, in 1948, Houston tried to gain membership into the SEC but was voted down. Again in the late 1980s there was some chit-chat between the SEC and Houston. Texas A&M AD John David Crow and LSU AD Joe Dean wanted the Aggies in the SEC. When Texas made it clear they wouldn’t come along, Houston — then solid in football and basketball — tried to fill the void. Those talks died went nowhere and a massive NCAA investigation into the Houston athletic department didn’t help the Cougars’ cause. As you know, Arkansas and South Carolina were eventually invited to join the SEC (as was Florida State, who opted for the ACC).
Of course, A&M finally did make it to the SEC two years ago. And in terms of new cash, new exposure, and new popularity in its home state… all’s well that end’s well.