As an Aggie and native Texan, that article just drips with the crap we have to deal with when being around the teasips. It is clearly written by a teasip homer. My take on several things:
1 - Couldn't disagree with that article's premise more: Translated from Teasipese: "Now that UTex has left the Big 12, UTex's actions have relevance to all of Texas college football". No one, outside the teasips, would understand that premise. The "state-centric" feel to college football died near the end of the SWC days (as early as the late 80s). We all knew it was dead some time before that, and Aggies had long wanted to join the SEC, were pressured into joining the Big 12 (or SWC mark 2) by the Texas legislature and governor. I was in college 1989 to 1993. Throughout my tenure, we knew the SWC, as a conference, couldn't compete with other conferences. Our games were too easy. We beat Utex 10 out of 11 years with the one loss being a "shocking upset" in Austin by a point. And Texas A&M was regularly winning the conference, but losing the bowl. Utex only enjoyed "conference office power", but we knew the conference was essentially dead and things needed to change for the conference itself to be more competitive. The teams inside the conference, including us, needed to be able to compete on a national scale better (to beat the best, you have to play the best). No, Utex leaving the Big 12 literally doesn't change a damn thing about Texas college football, but the horn homer can't see that. What they're really admitting is Utex simply doesn't have any special conference privileges anymore.
2 - Arrogance: Why the hell would a teasip national title redeem the state of Texas for the assassination of President Kennedy? Turns my stomach that someone would equate a football game to the assassination of the man that had the vision to send us to the Moon.
3 - Self-Centeredness: "These anti-UT rituals forged the Aggie faithful’s identity for generations. No matter the team’s record, success was defined by beating “TU” Until it wasn’t.
" I thought they learned with the Bonfire tragedy that our "rituals" really aren't about them.
And the very fact that we left the Big 12 even at the risk of losing the rivalry game speaks volumes. We mention them in the War Hymn, they mention us in Texas Fight. We had Bonfire (now repurposed for LSU), they had a "Hex Rally"
. The rest of our traditions include Aggie Muster, Yells, the Aggie Band's marching style, Midnight Yell, Silver Taps, and many others, all of which have absolutely nothing to do with them. Only teasips thought we find our identity in them. The last 10 years should have proven otherwise. (On a side note, I do have to commend them still to this day for what their Band did for us during halftime of the Bonfire Game
. Still moves me to tears when I see it.)
4 - Blame Game: "In 2011, A&M broke almost a century of Texas football history when the school announced it was joining the SEC."
Translation in to English from Teasipese: "The Aggies didn't obey us", and "Texas football tradition is when Utex gets to call the shots". Although, I do agree with the author that "UT’s lust for money and power
" and "UT’s continued push for greater shares of Big 12 revenue led to the divorce"
. With statements like this, it's no wonder Nebraska, Colorado, and Missouri all wanted out of the "Big 12" as well.
5 - The author has no clue: "Midwestern slugfests paled in comparison to high-scoring Texas shootouts. And don’t even start with California football. But those days are no more.
" Um... Texas football for many, many years was "three yards and a cloud of dust." There were blow outs in the waning days of the SWC because the smaller schools like UH, TCU, SMU, etc., couldn't handle A&M and Utex. But the "high-scoring" track meets came in with the BDF.
The ending of that article is pure comedy.
About the only thing they got right in the article:
It turns out that A&M’s move to the SEC was the smart move, not UT’s bet on the Longhorn Network. Over the past decade, the Aggies have prospered while UT has watch those underfunded private schools Baylor and TCU claim three Big 12 Conference Championships to the Longhorns’ none. Not to mention OU claiming the other seven. Now UT has admitted defeat by spurning the Big 12 for the SEC. It turns out that UT needs A&M.