The Texas A&M Aggies are, of course, moving to the SEC in July. Their football team bid adieu to their long and storied rivalry with the Texas Longhorns back in November, but it appears Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin is looking forward to "bigger" and "better" things in the "SEC." Oh wait, that last one shouldn't have quotes.
Bowtie enthusiast and Twitter-unauthenticated Aggies president Loftin published this delectable tweet on Monday, talking about their new permanent rivals in the SEC: the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Just had a great conversation with the South Carolina president about our permanent SEC rivalry. We will make this very special! #SEC #WHOOP— R. Bowen Loftin '71 (@aggieprez) March 5, 2012
WHOOP indeed. While there's just so much to savor here about the weirdness of the whole situation, it seems as though at least the Aggies will be going with the hard sell with this new rivalry. And there's no reason why they shouldn't. There's still going to be plenty of people over the next few years who are going to be pretty miffed that they're watching the Aggies and Gamecocks tussle in an annual false-hype-fueled showdown (the Game-Aggies Bowl? The Ag-Cocks Bonanza?), so they may as well push it to the moon.
I, for one, welcome our new realignment overlords. Let's keep shuffling the decks until rivalries are as arbitrary as possible. By 2020, we could be looking forward to the San Jose St. Spartans taking on the Georgia State Panthers in the "Rumble for the West 2/3rds Swath Of America Face-Off" or whatever. Sign me up!
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