Emotions are swirling around fan bases all across college athletics in the wake of the move that Texas and Oklahoma are planning to bolt the Big 12 for the SEC. And no fan base is more up in arms than Texas A&M.
That’s because when the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC a decade ago, they expected that to be the end of their relationship with the Texas Longhorns. The two teams haven’t met on the field since 2011 and the Aggies have shown no interest in renewing that rivalry any time soon.
But then this past week happened and the entire college football world was upended.
Texas A&M’s popular fan site is TexAgs and per this screenshot below the site is encouraging its followers to reach out to the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Speaker of the House to try and stop the move of the Texas Longhorns joining them in the SEC. They have listed all three politicians’ emails, contact information and social media pages to contact them and voice their displeasure.
It’s unlikely to make a dent, especially since Governor Abbot is a UT alum. Dan Patrick is actually originally from Maryland and went to school there, so he probably doesn’t have a dog in the fight. Meantime, Speaker Phelan is a Texas alum, so once again, it’s unlikely he will be swayed to do anything.
Additionally, Texas A&M regents did put a meeting on the calendar for Monday, which they’re discussing ‘contractual and governance issues related to Texas A&M University and the Southeastern Conference.’
Also on Friday, a group of Texas legislatures did file a bill to try and block Texas from joining the SEC. However, before you get excited and believe this might preserve the Big 12 in it’s current state, this bill is largely symbolic in nature. House Bill 298, which was filed by Rep. Dustin Burrows, a Republican from Lubbock, has more than 30 co-authors, but since it’s unrelated to any of the topics on Governor Greg Abbott’s special session agenda, it can’t currently pass law.
So while TexAgs continues to give their fans false hope, we’re here to tell you it’s probably a lost cause. But hey, we can all dream, right?