Aggie Students React to SEC Move

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

Many students at Texas A&M left school on Friday gearing up for their Big 12 conference Football opener on Saturday.

Monday morning, Texas A&M moved to the SEC.

There's something always changing at Texas A&M.

New buildings, like the MSC expansion, are set to open next year. In fact, just a few months before the A&M starts play in a new Conference.

"I think it's a great move for us," says Darby Sherrod, a senior at Texas A&M. "We'll have a lot more competition for all sports."

Sherrod rides for the Equestrian team at Texas A&M. She and her fellow athletes say they'll miss their friends in the Big 12.

"It'll be sad leaving them," says Sherrod.

It's a big change. Students know about the challenges that will face all athletics, not just the Texas A&M football team.

"I think we'll be able to hold our own," says James Arnold, a sophomore at Texas A&M.

"I think football will be a little bit tougher than it's been in the Big 12. I think definitely with being in the SEC, everybody might want to look at A&M more so than they used to and maybe we'll get some better recruits."

A new conference means potentially losing old rivalries like the Thanksgiving Day game between A&M and the University of Texas.

"I hope they keep the rivalry game. That's one of the best games of the year," says Arnold.

The students will adjust to the new conference, just as they do for new construction.

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