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@John at MrSEC Thanks for your insights. However, I jsut don't see the logic in putting the 'Bama/UT game in the prime time slot given the game that is between A&M and LSU. Sure, 'Bama is the best team in the nation by far. No doubt about it. But that is the point. Unfortunately, UT is having a down year so that game is likely going to be romp. A romp equals poor viewership unless people just want to see perfection in the way 'Bama runs over the Vols. Of course, anything can happen and I wish the Vols well. Heck, look at the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team! But odds are that one will be a romp and surely the network knows it. Conversely, the A&M/LSU game is between two ranked teams. Admittedly, A&M might get run over as well by LSU (especially given the poor defensive play I saw Saturday night), but the odds are clearly that the Aggie/Tiger game will be a far more competitive contest than 'Bama/UT. Just my take but obviously the network does not see it the same way.
7 months, 1 week ago on SEC Releases TV Schedule For This Saturday
John, does having the A&M/LSU game at 12 noon (EST) make any sense? On paper anyway, this is clearly going to be the second best SEC game of the day. I read an article on OKTC .... it attributes this to ESPN's protectionism of the University of Texas Longhorns because, as you know, ESPN and the University of Texas are in partnership together with the Longhorn Network. I would appreciate your views on this matter. If indeed ESPN is trying to enhance the Longhorn brand because they do not want the A&M/LSU game in the same time slot as the Texas/Baylor game later in the day, what can the SEC do to prevent this kind of maltreatment from happening in the future? Its not as if the SEC is anyone's doormat, so it just seems that Mr. Slive could do something more to protect our great conference's interests.
Of course one of the teams in the national championship game will almost always be a non-SEC team. That is because the SEC itself has a championship game and so the SEC will always end the season with only one undefeated team. You could not expect an undefeated SEC champion to play against a once-beaten SEC school in the national championship game if there is another non-SEC team that remains unbeaten. That is why last year was a fluke. How often would you expect to have years when all the other AQ conferences have no undefeated teams? It just isn't going to happen very often.
7 months, 1 week ago on First BCS Standings Have Bama, Florida 1-2... But Also Reveal How The SEC Could Lose Out In New Playoff
Yes, and at least one of those "church" members sure seems butthurt by what happened. lol See the comments section of this article: http://patriotpost.us/commentary/14059
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Texas A&M Students Stand Up To Nutbag Church Protesters
More evidence that TAMU and the SEC are a perfect fit!
Hyman is stepping into a very challenging situation at A&M. New conference. New football coach. Word is that A&M wants to renovate Kyle Field to make it one of the largest (if not the largest) college football stadium in the country. A&M must have either really opened up its coffers for the man, or he really love challenges. Either way, a solid hire for the Aggies IMO.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on A&M Outduels Carolina For A.D. Hyman
@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.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on A New Era Begins At Texas A&M
@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.
I actually thought at first it was Sam Elliott's voice.
@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.
@Dash1Bravo @AllTideUp Loved that movie! Roll Tide!
@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 I don't see a significant spread between Texas' academic rating and A&M's or Florida's academic ratings. These ratings are a small spread and close enough that many would say the difference is basically subjective. All three are premier southern public universities. Not like comparing Texas Tech or WVA to UT.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Texas AD Says SEC Has “A Sliver Of The East Side” Of Texas
@JB TexasEx I'd like to talk to you about that JB. I'm a Vandy grad. Now, what is so special about Texas' academic rating?