By not joining the SEC, A&M has basically said they do not want to be part of the big time. The BOR has shown that they are not forward thinkers. A tv contract with such unequal revenue sharing will cause the same hard feelings that have plagued the conference to continue to fester in our 'new' 10 team league. Given a chance to join the best league in the country while in the process creating a new athletic identity for the school, the BOR chose the easy way out. The Board of Regents has delayed the inevitable for a couple more years, at the most. This conference is doomed to fail because tu's boorish behavior will eventually drive someone else away, and the resulting instability will cause the whole process to repeat itself again. The SEC is the greatest league in the land not because of their superior athletics, but because of their superior leadership. The SEC understands that by sharing revenue equally, it benefits every program in the league and therefore the league as a whole. It is the rising tide theory in real life. It is too bad that we do not have leadership like that at A&M.
The bright side of this ordeal is that I have run into a whole bunch of really nice people who are fans of the various SEC schools. Their friendliness on the blogosphere has made me an even bigger fan of the SEC than I already was. I can assure you that whenever I see an SEC team competing with another conferences team from now on, I will be rooting for the SEC. There are some really great people in that conference. I always said that before I die I was going to go attend an SEC football game, and tailgate at a baseball game with the Lounge Lizards at MSU. This experience has only deepened my resolve to those ends. I sincerely hope A&M has the chance to join the SEC again in the future. We have a lot in common with the SEC, and I think we would fit right in.
I cannot blame the Ags out there who are canceling their season ticket orders, and refusing to donate to the 12th Man Foundation this year. I know they feel betrayed, just as I feel betrayed. Our leadership let us down in a major way. A&M is supposed to produce leaders, but our BOR obviously missed out on a major part of our curriculum. It sickens me to see them let this opportunity pass them by. We can only hope a similar opportunity presents itself again in the future. I can almost taste the BBQ at Dudy Noble Field. I'm gonna go find some little old lady to beat up. I hope the judge is an SEC fan, because then I know he will understand.