Texas A&M President Disses Texas
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During their meetings last week in Destin, Florida, the SEC made news.
The usual agenda was pretty vanilla.
But, wouldn't you know, there was an E Gordon Gee wannabe in the crowd.
One little bit of news got by the national media last week because there surely couldn't be two PhD'd university presidents out there who don't realize the cameras are running 24/7 in the 21st century.
But there is another one. Texas A&M's president R. Bowen Loftin. Mind you, since he was talking about the Texas Longhorns, he probably didn't care if he got compared to the resident Good Ol' Boy at The Ohio State University.
“I don’t have to make [a one-liner about the Longhorns] anymore. It’s not relevant to us anymore, that’s the whole point. It’s not an important issue.”
Now, I am assuming he is trashing the thought of playing Texas in the future, because the Longhorns' reaction to the Aggies leaving the Big 12 was more dismissal than dissing.
One of the reasons that Texas A&M left the Big 12 is because of the Longhorn Network. Both Nebraska and Colorado got tired of Texas throwing its weight around when it came to divvying media revenues -- as did Arkansas a generation earlier -- and it was only a matter of time before practicality trumped the rivalry.
Some people thought it was a mistake to include the Aggies in the SEC; looks like were they wrong.
This has been a win-win situation for both the school and the SEC, and A& M is longer just Texas' little brother.
Beating Alabama in your first year, your quarterback winning the Heisman, and going to a New Year's Day Bowl game will do that for a program.
Loftin to a certain extent is right. A &M has already developed rivalries with Alabama and LSU, so they don't really need Texas as much as the Longhorn Nation may think.
And that probably drives Longhorn fans crazy, turning them green with envy, especially knowing that the Aggies are just counting up thir own new pile of green now that they've joined the SEC.