And It's Goodbye to A&M

9/1/2012


It’s official. On July 1, 2012, A&M officially joined the SEC. The Aggies will now compete for the SEC-West championship against ‘Bama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss. A&M’s exit from the Big 12 signals the demise of the 117-year football rivalry with The University of Texas, and it seems particularly ironic that the tradition-addicted Aggies were the ones to end it. Of course, even though the Ags were anxious to leave their Big Brother and the Big 12 behind, they now claim the ‘Horns are scared to play them. Right. 75-37-5.

Texas won’t play A&M because, according to Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds, “They’re the ones who left the conference.” But the best reason for not playing the Aggies anymore came from Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey. Asked if she was willing to schedule the Lady Ags in a non-conference game, she remembered that A&M president R. Bowen Loftin compared their leaving the Big 12 to a divorce.

“My feeling is this,” Mulkey said. “If a man wants to divorce me and says our relationship has no value to him, and then asks me if he can sleep with me, the answer is ‘No’!”

The annual game with A&M is not the only casualty as far as long-running rivalries go. When A&M and Missouri bolted, they gave up the following annual clashes:

  • The Border War between Kansas and Missouri, established in 1891.
  • Missouri-Nebraska, established in 1892.
  • Texas vs. A&M, established 1894
  • Battle of the Brazos between Baylor and A&M, established 1895.

So, what's your take on it?  Play 'em or not?