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A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:38 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC still hasn't confirmed (or denied) South Carolina president Harris Pastides's claim that the league's athletic directors and presidents have signed off on a plan to maintain the league's annual cross-divisional rivalry games, or his assertion that his Gamecocks would be exchanging their yearly battle against Arkansas for one vs. league newcomers Texas A&M.

But even if the league won't confirm it, someone who would most certainly be in a position to know has: Aggie president R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin tweeted the following Monday afternoon:

 

Yes, that's the bow-tied president of a major research university of more than 50,000 students tweeting "#WHOOP" over a future football game. Clearly, the Aggies will be even more at home in the SEC than we've thought.

That aside, Loftin's confirmation should -- finally -- end any speculation or controversy over whether or not the SEC will keep the permanent cross-division games that have allowed series like Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee to continue since its 1992 divisional split. If the SEC is going to bother forcing the Gamecocks and Aggies -- two teams without any geographic rivalry or gridiron history -- to play each season, it's safe to assume that every SEC team is going to play someone in their opposite division, eliminating the possibility of a compromise that would see some teams (like the Tide and Vols) keep their cross-division rivalries while others did not.

This decision does mean that if the SEC remains wedded to an eight-game schedule, teams in opposite divisions who don't share a rivalry game (like say, Alabama and Florida, or Georgia and LSU ) will play each other just twice in a 12-year rotation. To judge by Pastides's and Loftin's comments, though, whether that will be often enough to keep all 14 schools (and the SEC's television partners) happy will be a bridge the conference will cross when it comes to it.

HT: TSK. 

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Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:11 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

I have to admit that it took some of my friends 2 years to graduate from SC's flagship university and many finished law school just a year later or I am confused with Clemson !!Smile




Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:46 am
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

Nice to see that Longhorns are still bitter for A&M leaving.   If you think TCU is an upgrade, you are sorely mistaken.  Have fun visiting the high school stadium in Ft. Worth in 2013. We will see how their 10 wins per season goes down once they start playing real teams on a regular basis. Same for WVU. 

A&M may not win any of those 3 games, but you can be damn sure they will be on National TV getting the exposure that A&M deserves to start winning some recruiting battles in Texas. SEC can only help A&M. Sorry you feel like you are left out longhorn. 





Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:20 am
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

***yawn*** Home schedule with Arkansas, Florida and LSU .  What are the BIG games in Austin next year? 

...and I predict that aggy will get dusted in all three games.  We've got both upgrades, TCU and WVU in Austin next year.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:17 am
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

The fact that you DON'T understand the importance of long standing rivalaries is exactly why Missouri does not belong in the SEC. Btw no one in the SEC gives a flip what Missouri wants - you have less clout than Vandy.

Why the heck does an Iowa State fan care?   Go worry about your own future and stay out of ours corn boy.



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:29 am
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Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:58 am
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

A&M's natural rivalries in the SEC are LSU and Arkansas.  A&M has as much history with them as with Texas Tech.  A lot more history than with OU and OSU and any team from the former Big 12 North.  A&M will play LSU and Arkansas every year.  Nobody in the East division is a natural rivalry.  Not sure why this is even controversial.  USC is certainly better than playing Missouri every year (which was the initial rumour for A&M's rival).  Missouri/Arkansas makes sense as border states that otherwise wouldn't play often.  Georgia already has Aurburn.  Florida has LSU.  Tennessee has Alabama.  A&M gets USC.  Hopefully A&M will get to see Spurrier at Kyle before he retires.

***yawn*** Home schedule with Arkansas, Florida and LSU .  What are the BIG games in Austin next year? 



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:04 am
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

South Carolina already has a great rivalry, and that is with Clemson. A South Carolina-Texas A&M rivalry will not make anyone forget the intensity of Texas hooking up with the Aggies.

Although I do not like the idea that Ole Miss might only play their old rival, Tennessee, rarely over a 12 year period, it is not something new for the Southeast Conference. As I mentioned elsewhere, there was a time (1950s-early 60s) when Ole Miss played Vanderbilt, L.S.U., Tennessee, Tulane, Kentucky and Mississippi State on an annual basis. They never played Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech or Florida. Thus, it looks like the SEC is going back to that type of schedule.

Nine games within the conference does not seem like a good idea either. This means, I think, that teams within a conference will want to schedule other non-conference teams like Chattanooga, Presbyterian and so on to enhance their overall record. However, it will mean that meaningful games such as Alabama-Penn St., Oklahoma-U.S.C., Miami-Florida, and so on will go by the boards. Furthermore, if one conference is really weak, one fairly good team might go undefeated and be invited to an important bowl game when they are not really worthy of that position. How can one really gauge the worth of a team if they do not play meaningful games in the season with really good non-conference opponents? For example, it was clear that L.S.U. and Alabama were top-notch teams after they defeated the likes of Oregon, West Virginia and Penn St. It would be a shame if those types of games are replaced by Ole Miss vs. Hardin Simmons or Trinity.  



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:38 am
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

I am not opposed to cross-division match-ups.  But they need to ROTATE them a bit.  Georgia won the SEC division because they play lackluster "Ol' Miss" every year.  South Carolina SWEPT the East division (including beating UGA) but didnt represent the division because their 2nd loss came from Top 10 "Arkansas".  The same thing could happen NEXT year too!  (SC plays LSU instead of ARK!)

Cleaning the slate in your division ought to MEAN something for who represents it and shouldnt be dependent on your record OUTSIDE your division. 

(Although, I WILL confess that NOT doing so was probably "OVERALL" better for the Cocks because the DAWGS got their clocks cleaned by LSU in the SEC Title game while the Cocks beat CLEMPSON and ended up getting a BETTER bowl game (playing and WINNING against Nebraska!)  Georgia lost their bowl game to Michigan State!   Congrats to the SEC East Division champs!   LOL



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:17 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

I hate the idea of cross divisional rivalries.   I understand that the SEC wants to protect long standing rivalries but as a Mizzou fan I would much rather have a chance to play all teams from the other division much more frequently.
The fact that you DON'T understand the importance of long standing rivalaries is exactly why Missouri does not belong in the SEC. Btw no one in the SEC gives a flip what Missouri wants - you have less clout than Vandy.



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:42 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

how sad and how embarrassing.

The Ags are the Rodney Daingerfield of College Football.

Mizzou got to pick their rival (Arkansas).

The Ags got no respect in the big 12 and their not getting it in the SEC.

BTW Ags, rivalries aren't assigned or manufactured.

Truly delusional, somethings will never change.    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;  


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