Sunday, September 25, 2011

Aggies SECede!

The Ags are going to join the Southeastern Conference starting in the 2012 football season.

Wow. I can't believe this is actually going down.

I actually wrote the meat and potatoes of this post way back in June 2010 but had to save it, tweak it for relevancy, and keep it stored away.

Let me back up a little bit and update how we got here. Last weekend OU said something along the lines of, "Hey, we'd like to stay in the Big 12...but here is what we need to see: 1) Get rid of Dan Beebe; 2) Equal revenue sharing. Otherwise, we're pretty cool with going out west to join the Pac-12."

The problem was that on Monday, the Pac-12 said, "Hey gang, we're going to stay put at 12 teams for the time being. Thanks for the interest though." OU said, "Oh crap, we shouldn't have played that card without already having this thing in the bag."

Mid-week Dan Beebe resigned and Chuck Neinas was named his interim replacement. The conference had a meeting on Thursday or Friday and everyone hugged and made up, signing a 6-year commitment to the conference. Baylor and ISU cried tears of joy.

So did Ags everywhere because this saved the Big 12 which meant that there shouldn't be any problem on the legal end because BU got what they wanted. There were rumors that it would be announced on Friday night at Yell Practice....and then at half-time during the game....but no. It came in a press release on Sunday from the SEC (click the link to read the whole thing).

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced today that Texas A&M University will join the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.

The addition of Texas A&M will increase the SEC membership to 13 institutions. It is the first expansion for the SEC since September of 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league. The University of Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991. With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, the SEC was the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.


The official press conference will be Monday at 6pm.

Holy cow, thank goodness that is all over.

Culturally, this is a much better fit for us than the Big 12 was. We've always been the fanbase that gets the weird look out of the corner of our opponent's eyes because of our passion and a move to the SEC would certainly put us with more teams that are as passionate and over the top (if not more so).

Under the current alignment the conference falls into two divisions: East & West. The East includes Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina. The West includes Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.

We're going to join the West and o
ne would have to think that they're going to get someone else to join to even the numbers out at 14 teams....rumors point to Missouri, North Carolina, and West Virginia. If it is Mizzou, Auburn has volunteered to move to the East so long as they keep their cross-division rivalry with Alabama.

Quick note - the way the SEC schedules is that you play 8 conference games - 5 against your division, 2 from the opposite division (these opponents rotate), and 1 against a permanent opponent from the opposite division. We will most likely be matched up with the 14th team - but if they take another West team and move Auburn over to the East, I'm not sure how they'll do it.

Here is a snapshot at each current SEC school and some important, and some totally unimportant, info on them....this is a group that has won the last FIVE national championships (6 of last 8)....

(* indicates permanent cross-division rival)

SEC West

Alabama Crimson Tide (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 28,807
Distance from College Station: 629 miles (10:30 hours)
Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,012)
SEC Titles: 22 - (5 most recent: 1981, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2009)
National Titles: 13 (most recent: 2009)
Rivals: Auburn, Tennessee* , LSU

Arkansas Razorbacks (Fayettevillie, AR)
Joined SEC: 1991
Enrollment: 19,849
Distance from College Station: 503 miles (8:30 hours)
Stadium: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (76,000)
SEC Titles: n/a
National Titles: 1 (most recent: 1964)
Rivals: Ole Miss, LSU, South Carolina*

Auburn Tigers (Auburn, AL)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 24,530
Distance from College Station: 756 miles (12:45 hours)
Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)
SEC Titles: 7 - (5 most recent: 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010)
National Titles: 2 (most recent: 2010)
Rivals: Alabama, Georgia*, LSU

LSU (Baton Rouge, LA)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 28,810
Distance from College Station: 338 miles (6 hours)
Stadium: Tiger Stadium (92,400)
SEC Titles: 9 - (5 most recent: 1986, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2007)
National Titles: 3 (most recent: 2007)
Rivals: Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida*

Mississippi State Bulldogs (Starkville, MS)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 18,534
Distance from College Station: 481 miles (10 hours)
Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082)
SEC Titles: 1 - 1941
National Titles: n/a
Rivals: Ole Miss, Alabama, Kentucky*

Ole Miss Rebels (Oxford, MS)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 16,009
Distance from College Station: 615 miles (10:30 hours)
Stadium: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)
SEC Titles: 6 - (5 most recent: 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1963
National Titles: 3 (most recent: 1962)
Rivals: Mississippi St, LSU, Vanderbilt*, Arkansas

SEC East

Florida Gators (Gainesville, FL)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 51,474
Distance from College Station: 924 miles (15:45 hours)
Stadium: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
SEC Titles: 8 - (5 most recent: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2008)
National Titles: 3 (most recent: 2008)
Rivals: Georgia, Tennessee, LSU*

Georgia Bulldogs (Athens, GA)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 35,520
Distance from College Station: 896 miles (15:15 hours)
Stadium: Sanford Stadium (92,746)
SEC Titles: 12 - (5 most recent: 1980, 1981, 1982, 2002, 2005)
National Titles: 2 (most recent: 1980)
Rivals: Auburn*, Florida

Kentucky Wildcats (Lexington, KY)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 26,054
Distance from College Station: 972 miles (16:30 hours)
Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium (67,606)
SEC Titles: 2 - 1950, 1976
National Titles: n/a
Rivals: Tennessee, Mississippi State*

South Carolina Gamecocks (Columbia, SC)
Joined SEC: 1991
Enrollment: 27,488
Distance from College Station: 1,035 miles (17:30 hours)
Stadium: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
SEC Titles: n/a
National Titles: n/a
Rivals: Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas*

Tennessee Volunteers (Knoxville, TN)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 30,410
Distance from College Station: 936 miles (15:30 hours)
Stadium: Neyland Stadium (100,011)
SEC Titles: 13 - (5 most recent: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1998)
National Titles: 6 (most recent: 1998)
Rivals: Vanderbilt, Florida, Alabama*, Georgia, Kentucky

Vanderbilt Commodores (Nashville, TN)
Joined SEC: 1932
Enrollment: 12,093
Distance from College Station: 760 miles (13:15 hours)
Stadium: vanderbilt Stadium (39,790)
SEC Titles: n/a
National Titles: n/a
Rivals: Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss*

Talk about tradition rich - only South Carolina and Arkansas don't date back to the formation of the conference in 1932.

In regards to Bowl Bids here is how the SEC is aligned:
1) Sugar Bowl
2) Capital One Bowl
3/4) Cotton Bowl (West team)/Outback Bowl (East team)
5) Chick-fil-a Bowl
6) Gator Bowl
7/8) Music City Bowl/Liberty Bowl (rotates)
9) Birmingham Bowl
Of course I have a few questions:
  1. What is going to happen with our recently formed Arkansas series? Will it be dissolved (and we lose all that big money from Jerry Jones?) or would it be rolled into an SEC conference game that is just played at a neutral site? If the latter, would this be a permanent fixture on the schedule in Dallas or does it end when the original contract ends?

    The pressure just went WAY up for next weekend's game. It is going to be used as a measuring stick by everyone, as irrational as it would be, as to how well we'd fare in the SEC.

  2. What happens with our current rivalries? The Lone Star Showdown has been played 117 times, the third oldest rivalry in the nation.

    "Goodbye to texas university.
    So long to the orange and the white.
    Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies
    They are the ones who show the real old fight."

    I'll be sad to lose the t.u. series. The way things are ending, you could push me over with a feather if we play them in any scheduled event for the next 5-10 years. It could make for a HELLUVA bowl game though (and regional hosting in baseball).

    After being asked about the t.u. series in his press conference following the B.O.R. meeting last week, Dr. Loftin said the following:
    "I would just say this, that if we were to negotiate with other conferences of any kind, SEC or anybody else, a primary criterion would be our ability to continue a non-conference contest each year, hopefully on Thanksgiving Day or thereabouts, with our friends at UT-Austin. That's a historic rivalry. We see no reason why it could not continue under a different conference arrangement. If they chose to do so, we certainly want to make that part of any discussion we have with another conference."
    Dr. Loftin put the ball squarely in the horn's court.

    Mack Brown had come out the day before the B.O.R. meeting and said, "it's been a great rivalry with Texas and Texas A&M, so I hope it stays." Obviously, this is a call that will be made above Mack's head....but maybe there is a chance.

    Get your tickets now for the final showdown on Thanksgiving night - it is going to be a WILD one at Kyle Field.

    As for Baylor and tech.....

    I originally felt kind of bad for Baylor's fans for the likelyhood of them dissapearing from DI football (their administration can go to hell), but now that they've landed on their feet, I don't really care what happens to them.

    After the shenanigans they pulled during this ordeal I can't imagine we'll be scheduling any games against them in the near, or distant, future. The football game is going to be nuts - both teams are currently ranked in the top 20.....and the basketball games will be even crazier because that rivalry is so much more bitter.

    texas tech - I hope they end up rotting away to nothingness - which is better than they deserve.

  3. If we're split from t.u. do we still sing both verses of the War Hymn? I better find a lyric sheet because I have no clue what the first verse is.

    "All hail to dear old Texas A&M
    Rally around Maroon and White
    Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies
    They are the boys who show the real old fight
    That good old Aggie Spirit thrills us
    And makes us yell and yell and yell
    So let's fight for dear old Texas A&M
    We're gonna beat you all to…"

  4. Do we add or lose any recruits as a result of this move?

  5. What happens to the Southern Cal (2015/16) and Oregon (2018/19) home-and-homes that we have scheduled for OoC?

  6. How long before a Houston radio station picks up the Paul Finebaum Show?
Hands down the most exciting part of this move for us fans is the thought of these monster teams coming to Kyle Field AND THE ROAD TRIPS!

If any of you old readers remember My Sports Bucket List from two summers ago you might realize that this move also puts a large majority of that list within fairly easy reach.
  • Ags at Alex Box Stadium (LSU) - missed out my chance in '04 because I couldn't get out of a weekend of work when I was interning at Minute Maid Park

  • A game at Neyland Stadium (U.Tennessee) - 102,307 people, the checkered end zones and the beautiful Smokey Mountains

  • Ags playing at Ole Miss - Dying to see a game in Oxford and check out The Grove. I just can't justify going to see Ole Miss without the Ags being in town - this one is going to take some time

  • Ags playing at Georgia - See above - want to see a game "Between the Hedges" in Athens but it would probably need to involve an Aggie roadtrip

  • An SEC night game at LSU - This kind of goes back to the European soccer fascination....these folks are crazy and they also love their football. Stick a conference opponent in the mix and top it off with a full day of crazy backwoods drinking and you have what is considered one of the most electric atmospheres in college football.
  • I am glad that I went ahead and got up to Boulder and Norman in '09 to see the Ags play so I could scratch off seeing games at Colorado and Oklahoma off my list.

    I can also probably get a trip to Vandy out of Jennifer because she's always wanted to go to Nashville. I've already started working on negotiations for one road trip per season. We'll have to see how that plays out.

    Another side-affect of this move is that a high percentage of the big games that I normally have on my "need to watch this weekend" list are SEC games. Being in the same conference puts us in a position where we have a vested interest now and these games are going to be even more exciting. Think of the '08 texas/texas tech game (Crabtree's TD) but have it happen 5 or 6 times each season.

    One of the biggest downsides is the extreme difficulty the SEC creates to advance to the National Championship, but then there is the thought that to be the best you have to go through the best. Frankly, it can't be any worse than suffering through the Fran-era.

    For those of you who want to find out what to expect from other SEC fanbases, I highly suggest reading two of my all-time favorite books: Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John and Dixieland Delight by Clay Travis. Both are highly entertaining stories of traveling through the SEC conference. (St. John chronicled his RVing experience as he literally followed the 1999 'Bama team and Travis writes about his journey in 2006 when he attended a game at every SEC stadium). Funny books and great, easy reads.

    Once you read those you'll see that we're going to need to get some sort of etiquette manual, otherwise we're going to be the proud, passionate new guys that step on lots of toes.

    Two words: THICK SKIN

    SEC fans are different from Big 12 fans, and that is something that it going to be a rude awakening for most Ags. The Big 12 was a fairly friendly conference - it was new so most of the teams didn't have a long history to build up hatred. The SEC is old and there are plenty of instances between each school to flare up the old blood pressure. Be prepared for heckling like you've only heard in lubbock.

    I've always had an affinity towards Georgia and Alabama so it will be interesting to see if I maintain that (kind of like I did with Nebraska in the Big 12) or if it goes the other way. I get the feeling that I'm going to get really annoyed with some of the moron t-shirt fans that seem to come with a good number of the deep south schools. By the time we're comfortable in the conference we're probably going to have strong feelings one way or the other about almost each team.

    Our natural rivalries are obviously going to be Arkansas and LSU, both schools we already have a deep history with. We played both of them last season which has already rekindled a little bit of the venom. They are going to be easy to get fired up to play against.

    I'm also a little - I think apprehensive is the best word - about chanting SEC! SEC! SEC! You see, I've been raised with the mindset that if my conference rival does something good (like win a bowl game) it is better for their recruiting which automatically means it is not better for A&M and thus is undesirable. In the SEC everyone roots for each other in OoC games - it has been described as a brotherhood. I'm probably going to struggle with that.

    Something else that you're going to definitely want to prepare yourself for - a HUGE hike in ticket prices. Bringing big name football programs to Kyle Field has always caused for a jump in individual game ticket prices and we're going to get a lot more of them now. This probably means the end of "No Donation" season ticket areas, which is going to flip me upside down. I wouldn't be surprised one bit if tickets jumped to $100 per game. This is a prime opportunity for $Bill to make a big jump and at least have some way to back it up. Either way, Kyle Field will be ROCKING!

    By the way, this is also an incredible move for baseball - the SEC is a TREMENDOUS baseball conference. Their college baseball is on par with their football. We got to see South Carolina first hand up in Omaha on their way to defending their national champ (beating Florida, another SEC school, in the final).

    On the hardwood, I think that we walk in to the conference as the 2nd or 3rd best team with Kentucky as the one school that is clearly ahead of us.

    After waiting for over a year, is it safe to say it now?

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

    #7 Oklahoma State 30 v. #8 Ags 29

    This was a stunner.

    Not because #7 Okie State came into Kyle Field and won - but because we were up 20-3 at the half and 54 seconds into the 4th quarter we were down by a TD.

    What a melt down.

    In the first half we completely dominated the Pokes on both sides of the ball. On the opening drive Tannehill ran a zone-read, kept the ball and sprinted 65 yards for the games opening score. Kyle Field went nuts.

    We did have to settle for a couple of field goals inside the redzone that we needed to convert on, but the defense looked good and we had 350-something yards and a 17 point lead. I think everyone went into the half with good feelings and thoughts towards Arkansas and potential back-to-back weekends getting to watch top 10 teams battle it out.

    The third quarter was on par with some of the worst football I've ever seen us play - and that included the entirety of the Fran era.
    • We only had 11 offensive snaps. Three of those were turnovers.

    • They ran 37 plays for 275 yards and scored 21 points

    • Our defense was on the field for just a couple ticks shy of 11 minutes
    During and after the game I was really upset because I thought we abandoned the run game waaaaaaaaay to early. In the second quarter C-Mike was running with more determination than I had ever seen him run with....5 carries for 58 yards (11.6 ypc) - he was a one man wrecking ball.
    1st Drive (Score 20-10):
    Tannehill scrambled for a yard
    Pass to EZ for 10 yards
    Pass to Fuller for 6 yards
    Run by Gray for 1 yard
    Incomplete pass

    2nd Drive (Score 20-17):
    Run by C-Mike for 4 yards
    Pass to McNeal for 33 yards - but he tried to bowl over the defender and fumbled the ball away

    3rd Drive (Score 20-24):
    Run by C-Mike for 3 yards

    4th Drive (Score 20-24):
    Incomplete pass
    Run by Cyrus for 5 yards
    Thankfully, we got possession on that fourth drive on a touchback as Justin Blackmon fumbled a sure TD forward and out the back of the end zone - it really should have been 31-20 at that point. That was probably one of the most frustrating things - we had opportunities to recover but just couldn't.

    We really didn't abandon the run game, we just didn't have the ball - and then in the 4th quarter, once we did, the clock dictated we need to get down field more quickly

    Our defense was completely gassed. One of our defensive linemen, who I won't call out by name, wasn't even getting into a 3-point stance and was just leaning into the OL who was completely pushing him around. There was no effort - nor was he replaced. That infuriated me.

    I can't figure out who stole Tim DeRuyter and who he was replaced with in that second half? He has always been excellent at making adjustments at halftime but in this case they regressed. oSu just threw little 7 yard bubble screens out to the flats over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over....

    It didn't help any that Coryell Judie was out with a bad hamstring and that Sean Porter was sick and had lost 12 pounds leading up to the game.

    In the 4th quarter they got it up to 30-20 and we mounted a comeback to make it 30-27....then forced them into a 3-and-out with 1:47 left on the clock. Our second snap was intercepted - game over.

    They snapped the ball twice and then ran one backwards out the back of the endzone as the clock hit 0:00 for a safety.

    They finished the afternoon with 94 offensive plays and accumulated 484 yards (this was after the 39 yard negative run for the safety). Brandon Weeden was 47-of-60 for 438 yards and 2 TDs. Josh Cooper had 11 receptions for 123 yards, Justin Blackmon has 11 for 120 and a TD, and Hubert Anyiam has 10 for 92 yards.

    Okie State came out and handed it to us in the third quarter and we couldn't punch back. Got to tip your cap to them - they flat out wanted it more.

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    A Little Karma....but Not Enough

    Baylor worked themselves up another "catchy" campaign to preserve these sacred rivalries....but they must have forgotten that you can't steal. TexDot got in on the legal actions and served BU with Cease and Desist orders for using their "Dont Mess with Texas" slogan. They have since changed it to "Rise Up for Texas Football".

    In other Baylor news, the Bears sold 830 tickets that we provided them for our October 15th matchup and had to send back 3,000 of the 3,850 tickets provided.

    The university has to pay for all the tickets if they don't return them by the Big 12's cutoff date....and clearly they don't have enough confidence that their rabid fan base will eat them up.

    Before you start with a defense of "they're boycotting A&M game this year" keep in mind they sold fewer than 1,000 ($) for their previous two trips to Kyle Field (in '07 & '09).

    That is certainly a rivalry worth saving.

    But then there is good 'ol Ken Starr getting himself another editorial piece, this time in the Houston Chronicle.

    According to our friends in the sports media, the football programs of our beloved Texas institutions are about to become exported commodities, competing in different national athletic conferences. If this proves to be true, we will be tearing something very special from the celebrated fabric of our Texas history.


    But there's something else unique about college football in Texas. A review of the rosters of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor shows approximately 410 out of 470 total players - better than 87 percent - list Texas hometowns. Unlike top-ranked teams such as Alabama, where the Crimson Tide has fewer than 50 percent in-state players, and Oregon, where the number is about 20 percent local, the players at UT, A&M and Tech grew up in Texas and competed in Texas high schools. Each week, they are cheered on by Texans who have rooted for these programs and for these athletes for years.

    I don't get how he thinks we don't realize that, as I've mentioned before, this is nothing new. The non-Texas Big 12 schools have rosters that are completely chocked full of Texas high school athletes.

    I also don't get how he thinks this is helping their cause. They look completely petty and this whole thing just goes to show that they've been taking the handout that the Big 12 has been giving them for their pathetic on-field results and feel they're entitled to keep it forever. As the great Eddie Vedder says, "It's evolution, baby!"

    The Friday of opening weekend Oklahoma came out and said that they were looking around and those rumors continue - now to the point that it is a foregone conclusion that OU is going to go to the Pac-12 and take oSu with them. There have been rumors that texas was going to jump to the ACC (some rumors said their FB team would be independent but the rest of their sports would be ACC) but there are other rumors that they're going to the Pac-12 with the Okie schools. I think tech is going to go wherever t.u. goes.

    The interesting part is that this weekend it was announced that Syracuse & Pitt are bolting the Big East for the ACC....this move was BRILLIANT by the ACC. It moved them from a position of "about to be picked over" to a position of "Oh dang, we just killed the Big East. Dead."

    From what I understand, if 6 of the current remaining Big 12 schools (including us) vote to dissolve the conference then no one has to pay exit fees. If that's the case, then Baylor would have actually saved us millions of dollars by stretching this whole thing out and causing uncertainty with Oklahoma (and oSu) and then that uncertainty causing further uncertainty. Had BU just stayed quiet and they grabbed another school quickly to replace us this very likely wulnd't have happened.

    What I foresee is the remainder of the Big 12 joins up with the remainder of the Big East - give or take a team or two.

    Clay Travis completely nails this entire thing. He has been the best national blogger throughout this entire process....which, I am sure, has been wonderful for his new gig out on his own.

    Hopefully, this all ends soon because I'm getting tired of having to keep up with it. I just want to watch some football and get excited about the on the field stuff. No more lawyers and school presidents.


    Hey, There is Actual Football to Talk About

    Ags 46 v. SMU 14

    I am going to tell you this sheepishly....the SMU game was the first home game I've missed since the 2005 Texas State game that was pushed up to a Thursday night due to Hurricane's only the third home game I've missed in season since I started school (this is my 12th season).

    I missed it with good reason though....Sean and I had a trip planned that was pretty awesome....Thursday we scratched Camp Randall off the bucket list as we saw Wisconsin romp UNLV, Friday we took a tour of Wrigley Field (got to watch part of BP from on the field) then attended the Cubs game later that afternoon, and on Saturday and Sunday we were at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin for both of Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary shows (my all-time favorite band).

    It was completely worth it - but I'd be lying if I said that my heart didn't pound a bit on Sunday evening when I glanced at my phone and saw it was 6:27pm and I knew Aggie football was being played on Kyle Field without me.

    Luckily, I had a DVR back home recording the opener for me to watch upon my return to the Lone Star State.....and 86,951 other Ags were attendance for the 6th largest crowd in school history and largest for a season opener.
    • Cyrus Gray ran for 132 yards and 2 TDs on 21 carries and became the school's all-time all purpose yardage leader (passing Darren Lewis). It was also his 8th consecutive game of 100+ yards. C-Mike added another 85 yards and 2 TDs on 14 carries.
    • Ryan Tannehill was 21-for-26 with 2 TDs and 246 yards
    • Ryan Swope had 8 catches for 109 yards and a TD and Fuller had 6 for 52
    • TJE had three sacks leading the way for Coach DeRuyter's defense to pick up a total of EIGHT. I can't remember a game in my time where we had more. Sean Porter had 10 tackles and 1/2 a sack.
    • The defense also picked off SMU's first two possessions which put returning QB Kyle Padron on the bench for his 5th year senior backup, J.J. McDermott.
    • I thought that special teams looked worse than any other part of our squad.....KO out of bounds, two PATs blocked, and a muffed punt return.
    The Ags had a bye during week 2 and in that time we discovered that F-RS runningback Mister Jones and F-HS wideout Chance Nelson both have decided to leave the program.

    Ags 37 v. Idaho 7

    I'm not sure if I mentioned it before but since Sean graduated in the spring he and I had to spring for real season tickets for the first time. Prior to this past weekend's game I had been in the student section for every home game I had attended with the exception of one (when I had 50 yard line, row 2 seats on the alumni side).

    Obviously we missed the first game....and we still haven't seen our actual seats. My father-in-law texted me on Friday night and offered Sean and I two extra seats down with them so we gave our seats to an Ag outside the ticket office and sat with them. I'm sure whoever has the seats next to us is going to be confused when we show up for the oSu game as the third set of people in as many games.

    It was a pretty dominant performance. Going into the 4th quarter the defense had Idaho shut out and had given up less than 75 yards of total offense and only allowed 3 first downs.

    The offense accumulated huge numbers and the end result was great - but in the first half I did feel like we left points on the board.

    Tannehill finished the day 26-0f-39 for 337 yards and 1 TD (on 1 INT, which was a tipped pass). All three of our starting WRs had 5+ receptions with EZ leading the way with 6 for 80 and Swope having 6 for 74 (1 TD). Fuller had 5 catches for 79 yards including a reception that put him ahead of my boy, Terrence Murphy, on the school's all-time receptions list. He already owns the Receiving TD record and is just 284 yards (minus Idaho game) from taking T-Murph's #1 spot in receiving yards.

    Cyrus added 58 yards receiving and a TD to his rushing totals of 101 yards and 2 TDs on 29 carries. C-Mike only had 5 carries (31 yards) as a result of a fumble.

    Cyrus leapfrogged Bob Smith, 'Lectric Leeland, and Roger Vick moving from 13th to 10th on the school's all-time rushing leader board. He has no chance at catching Darren Lewis at the top but he will very likely finish in the top 5 and possibly top 3.

    Drew Kaser, the top rated punter in this year's freshman class, made his Aggie debut. On his first punt he mishandled the snap and had to get it off quickly resulting in a 23 yard squib. I believe my comment to my father-in-law was along the lines of, "I miss Justin Brantly." I almost forgot Justin existed after Kaser's second punt.....a 68 yard BOMB. It was insane.

    Freshmen who have had their redshirts pulled:
    • SMU (5): Deshazor Everett, Steven Jenkins, Howard Matthews, Tyrell Taylor, Shaun Ward
    • Idaho (8): Brandon Alexander, Donnie Baggs, Taylor Bertolet, Ben Compton, Drew Kaser, Johnny Manziel, Floyd Raven, Darzil Washington
    Next weekend Kyle Field will play host to a pair of top 10 conference rivals as #7 Oklahoma St faces our #8 Ags. I'm not sure when the last time Kyle Field hosted a pair of top 10 teams.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    The Never Ending Quest for Freedom

    Over the weekend the Dan Beebe sent the SEC a letter that stated the Big 12 nor any of it's members would bring legal action against the SEC if they accept A&M. The SEC presidents came together last night and voted, unanimously, to accept A&M's application....a big moment in time for Aggies everywhere, right?


    We got Baylored.

    Baylor has re-neged on their initial agreement with the Big 12 to not bring legal action and have now threatened the SEC for tortious interference.

    This brought an astrisk to our acceptance to the SEC....
    After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on September 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met last night with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC. We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action. The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2, 2011.

    Earlier in the week BU tug at the heartstrings of this great state by writing about how the Big 12 needs to stay the best interest of the state of Texas, of course:

    "Football in Texas is more than a passing interest, it is a part of the fabric of this great state.

    Will Texans stand by and watch hundred-year-old rivalries be cast aside as the state's largest universities align themselves with other states across the country? Will Texans sit and watch as Texas' flagship universities pledge their loyalties to other states? Will Texans stand by as our most promising student athletes are lured out of Texas by new rivals? Will Texans watch as our most precious resources—the great minds of the next generation—are exported to new conference institutions?

    Texans must stand up and call the leadership of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech to clear-headed thinking about the state's future. Texas' flagship institutions of higher learning are the guardians of the state's future—their loyalties must first be to Texas and to her citizens. Ask these leaders to take a stand for Texas and to stop this madness that will lead to the dissolution of the Big 12 and the end of an era for Texas."

    Did Baylor not get the memo that the SWC died in the 90s.....have they not seen the rosters of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Nebraska, etc. They are completely littered with Texas high school athletes.

    This isn't over yet but it is just one more thing to drag this out.

    Over at Outkickthecoverage they had a great article outlining the legalities of all of'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

    Regardless, our October 15th meeting at Kyle Field will be bonkers. It's sold out already. And it's going to be a bitter and heated game.