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A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:38 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC still hasn't confirmed (or denied) South Carolina president Harris Pastides's claim that the league's athletic directors and presidents have signed off on a plan to maintain the league's annual cross-divisional rivalry games, or his assertion that his Gamecocks would be exchanging their yearly battle against Arkansas for one vs. league newcomers Texas A&M.

But even if the league won't confirm it, someone who would most certainly be in a position to know has: Aggie president R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin tweeted the following Monday afternoon:

 

Yes, that's the bow-tied president of a major research university of more than 50,000 students tweeting "#WHOOP" over a future football game. Clearly, the Aggies will be even more at home in the SEC than we've thought.

That aside, Loftin's confirmation should -- finally -- end any speculation or controversy over whether or not the SEC will keep the permanent cross-division games that have allowed series like Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee to continue since its 1992 divisional split. If the SEC is going to bother forcing the Gamecocks and Aggies -- two teams without any geographic rivalry or gridiron history -- to play each season, it's safe to assume that every SEC team is going to play someone in their opposite division, eliminating the possibility of a compromise that would see some teams (like the Tide and Vols) keep their cross-division rivalries while others did not.

This decision does mean that if the SEC remains wedded to an eight-game schedule, teams in opposite divisions who don't share a rivalry game (like say, Alabama and Florida, or Georgia and LSU ) will play each other just twice in a 12-year rotation. To judge by Pastides's and Loftin's comments, though, whether that will be often enough to keep all 14 schools (and the SEC's television partners) happy will be a bridge the conference will cross when it comes to it.

HT: TSK. 

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Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:09 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

Just ask the 11 teams they beat last year in football ;), and the teams they beat to win the last two National titles in baseball :) Founded in 1801, The real USCCool




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:19 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

*yawn*

Just a riveting match-up.  UT vs TCU is a lot more intriguing from a historical perspective.  Thanks, aggy! 



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:55 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

South Carolina is a state, It's West Virginia I'm not sure about.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:54 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

I see nothing wrong with this, providing that the SEC goes to a 9 conference game schedule.  Alabama-Tennessee, Arkansas-Missouri,, Auburn-Georgia, LSU-Florida, Mississippi-Vanderbilt, Miss. State-Kentucky, and Texas A&M-South Carolina sounds just fine.  The problem is that with only two cross-divisional games, and one being permanent, you will only host other cross divisional rivals once every 12 years.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:47 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

The SEC will have to wake up and go to a 9 game schedule sooner rather than later.  I was opposed to expansion from the start, and this is just one of the reasons.  What is the point of being in the same conference if you only play twice in 12 years?  It is clear that the powers that are in the SEC did not think this out very well from the beginning.  Greed will kill the game. 




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:31 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

A&M left the Big 12 and the rivalry with Texas to gain a rivalry with a rinky dink state? Is South Carolina a state or the southern part of North Carolina?



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:25 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

Why would anyone want to have a rivalry with a school from South Carolina?



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:24 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

I hate the idea of cross divisional rivalries.   I understand that the SEC wants to protect long standing rivalries but as a Mizzou fan I would much rather have a chance to play all teams from the other division much more frequently.



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:05 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

Good for both schools.




Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:40 pm
 

A&M president confirms series with Gamecocks

To be perfectly honest that's of no concern to me......if A & M wanted TRUE rivals they would have stayed in the Big 12......u can't get truer rivals than the in-state games had right in their league.


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