It remains misunderstood why Texas A&M desired SEC membership. Texas A&M left the Big 12 because it desired the opportunity to stand on its own and reach its full potential, a potential few outside of A&M realize. It wasn’t for more money, it wasn’t to get away from the Longhorns, the move was made to step out of the shadows and show the world what the Aggies are all about.
What are the Aggies all about? They’re about trying to be the best. For example:
- Kyle Field is the third largest stadium by capacity in college football and the largest in the SEC.
- Texas A&M has the second largest undergraduate enrollment of any college in the country and the largest in the SEC.
- Texas A&M has the largest endowment of any public school in the nation and is seventh overall, below mostly Ivy League schools.
- Texas A&M has one of the most powerful alumni networks of any college, public or private from the Ivies to the West Coast.
- Texas A&M ranks among the Top 70 national universities according to US News and World Report, a ranking that pits the Aggies against Yale, Harvard, Stanford, M.I.T., Princeton and every other college in the country.
- Texas A&M is one of only four SEC schools to possess membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities along with Florida, Vanderbilt and Missouri.
Texas A&M’s pursuit of Fisher was just another attempt at reaching its full potential and striving to be the best.
Yes, Texas A&M offered Fisher more money for more years than anyone else – and because of what I mention above was able to – but just as importantly, Texas A&M stepped up. Texas A&M thought big, like Alabama when it pursued Nick Saban or Ohio State when it landed Urban Meyer.
Texas A&M identified its top candidate and then everybody got on board.
Remember what I wrote about being good followers? Due to the military culture prevalent at Texas A&M, everyone who goes there respects the chain of command. You notice there were no leaks or factions or foolishness surrounding this hire. It was disciplined, organized, efficient and ultimately successful.
That’s the Aggie way.
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