Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Aggies make Big 12 exit official
By ESPN.com staff
Sunday was the official moving day for Texas A&M, but the Aggies held a ceremony on Monday morning to raise the SEC's flags in front of the team facility in front of administration, supporters and players.
New ESPN Texas A&M writer Sam Khan was there to chronicle the historic day.
"When you're through competing against an SEC team and an SEC school is playing in an NCAA basketball playoff, women's, men's, or a football game, what do we say?" Hyman asked the crowd. "'S-E-C! S-E-C!'"
Hyman, formerly the AD at South Carolina who was officially introduced Saturday as the man who will lead Texas A&M into its new league, led chants of "S-E-C" on Monday morning as the Aggies raised the flags of their fellow SEC schools in front of McFerrin, marking another first in their historic journey.
As for SEC lessons, (Texas A&M president R.Bowen) Loftin has caught on quickly.
"I don't think any other conference goes out and yells 'A-C-C! A-C-C!' or 'Big 12!' or 'Pac-12!' or 'Big Ten!'" Loftin said. "You don't hear that at games. But every SEC game I go to, that's what I hear. I hear not only the schools shouting out their name, but also I hear 'S-E-C.'"
Good stuff from Khan.
And, if I may, a reminder for Dr. Loftin, whose Aggies helped give birth to the very first "Big-12" chant ever.