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1. DeLoss Dodds is largely correct regarding fan support opposing an active series with A&M. At least among the constituency that directly supports the athletics.
2. His strategy in all of this highlights his attachment to the LHN: he intended to leverage the branding of his opponents to draw in money from not just his alumni but the general public AND opponents alumni. It was rapacious and greedy and justifies A&M & Mizzou--not to mention Colorado and Nebraska--leaving the Big 12.
3. After his death I think you'll see the series get a reboot. That's assuming Texas isn't already in the SEC before then of course. This Aggie is quite clear-eyed on that possibility: Texas brand value to the SEC is enormous even with MY SCHOOL (A&M) already in the conference. Subsuming the LHN into the planned SEC Network won't happen while Dodds is alive. But ESPN will be able to discard one bad deal and improve the SEC Network all in one fell swoop. Plus they get the renewed rivalry to broadcast to boot.
2 months ago on Texas A.D. Dodds Blames End Of A&M Series On A&M (Also Talks Expansion)
Regarding alamoaggie08's comment (I agree in essence): While 9-3 Northwestern is a more successful team this year than last, I'm not sure that A&M OR the SEC would have benefited from a repeat match up against them essentially reprising last year's Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston. Perhaps some of the Mike Slive magic was recognizing that in addition to making sure Georgia didn't fall too far in the SEC bowl pecking order.
It's been my position all year that (we) Aggies need to be patient and prove their success in the SEC before expecting the accolades to come their way. That way when they come, we weren't just getting the attention for a "one-off" effort. And we also don't validate the concerns that our former conference brethren raised about us being whiners and having an inferiority complex.
Regardless, BTHO OU when we pick Cotton after New Year's.
5 months, 1 week ago on SEC Headlines 12/13/2012