Texas A&M Officially Welcomed to the SEC

By Drew Chambers on October 26, 2012

Howdy Ags, ever since July 1 I have been the most enthusiastic and unbiased supporter of our Fighting Texas Aggies. I never thought that A&M wouldn’t compete whether it be in football, volleyball, soccer, or any of the spring sports as well. As a matter of fact, when tons of students and fans criticized the move and blasted those that made the decision I often felt as if I stood alone in my belief that Texas A&M would make it’s mark even in it’s first year in the SEC.

Here we stand half way through the fall semester and our volleyball team leads the SEC West, the soccer team has clinched the regular season SEC West Championship and football has made an impression on the world. Today as Aggies across the world and students – though most have little to no knowledge of sports – go out and support their teams with undying passion and spirit that can’t be told, I just like to say that I was right about the Aggies’ success in the SEC even in it’s first year.

From the pattern that has been created and my knowledge about Aggie sports I am proud of what we have done and what we are doing, but this past week and weekend we were officially initiated into the SEC.

One thing I continue to tell those around me about the SEC is taking it game by game there is no difference between the SEC and any other conference. The difference is the toughness and the veracity of scheduling. Yes in the Big 12 we had to worry about t.u. every year no matter how good or bad they were, we also had to worry about Texas Tech trying to pull an upset and every now and then Baylor would put up a fight. However, the problem with the SEC is that every single game is going to be a farmer’s fight and the grind of the season can take it’s toll.

Let’s look at soccer first: soccer has had an amazing season and Coach G has continued his outstanding coaching performances, but going into a weekend confident that we would get two wins, we were fortunate to grab one win in double overtime against a sub-par Georgia squad.

Volleyball is next: After getting off to a roaring start and exciting fans and those all around with a 15-2 (7-1) record the weekend comes and we give up three straight losses to Kentucky, Florida, and Tennessee. Grant it Florida is undefeated in SEC play, but the other two were manageable games against average teams that we could and should have won.

Football is not exempt from the equation: With an amazing 5 game win streak and the most prolific coach and quarterback duo that (dare I say) Texas A&M has ever seen, we lost two games that should have been Aggie victories.


The SEC is full of disappointing losses to sub-par rivals, nail-biting, finger-clinching, pants-wetting close games against teams that should not have a chance. We’re playing with the big boys and this weekend we were showed exactly what it means to be in the SEC.

(I must say I was proud to hear the booing in Kyle Field when classless acts were being performed by our opponents because this is the SEC. As I have stated before being in the SEC we have to make our voice known and hissing is a horrible and old tradition that is ready and needs to die….immediately!)

With all that said, we’ve survived to this point. I will relate our initiation to that of a rookie in the NFL. After playing a 12 game schedule at a college level he is then forced to play a whole 4 more games at a faster pace and tougher conditions and they sometimes hit the rookie wall until they get used to the drag of the 16 game season (I originally heard of this concept from my uncle Dimitri Caver).

Although I do not believe that we have hit a wall so-to-say, I believe that we have gotten a wake up call and it’s time to show the world just how Ol’ Army we are!

Volleyball goes into the next few matches against LSU, South Carolina, and Alabama who’s SEC records are not the best. Soccer finishes out the season against Missouri and should end the regular season with a number 2 seed for the SEC tournament. Football goes on a 3 game road trip to Auburn, Mississippi State, and Alabama.

All in All, the Aggies are here to stay and have proven to be a contender in any and all sports in the SEC and I expect when it’s all said and done that Texas A&M will have the premier athletic program in the SEC at the years end.

Ags, pass it back. Farmers Fight, Farmers Fight, Fight, Fight, Farmers, Farmers Fight. A-Whoop!

And that’s exactly what we’re going to do to ‘em!

God bless and Gig ‘em!

By Drew Chambers

Uloop Writer
Sports enthusiast. Don't argue with me on sports topics because I'll prove you wrong. Writer for the Battalion as well as for ESPN on a few different areas: Campus Connection, Unite, and the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces game.

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