Texas A&M must conquer esteem issues

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
10:44
AM CT


Now that Texas A&M has officially moved to the Southeastern Conference, maybe the Aggies' self-esteem will improve.

They're no longer Texas' little brother. They've moved on to what they anticipate will be bigger and better while seizing control of their future.

It was a bold move.

A&M should contend for conference titles in just about every sport except football during its first year in the SEC, but even though Aggies did that in the Big 12, it left the majority of Aggies unfulfilled.

It's too bad every school doesn't have the pride and loyalty that exists at A&M, but we all know the Aggies are collectively among the whiniest fans you'll find. If that aspect of the Aggies' fan base doesn't change, they'll be just as frustrated in the SEC in a few years.

Instead of playing second fiddle to Texas and OU in football, they'll play second fiddle to Alabama and LSU. Perhaps that won't bother the Aggies faithful as much simply because those schools aren't the hated "tu."

We can argue -- as my mama used to say -- until we're blue in the face about whether this was a good move or a bad move. Heck, the Aggies can't even seem to reach a consensus themselves, though most seem pleased with the switch in conferences.

Ultimately, the move's success depends on whether A&M can consistently compete for the SEC football title. Do that, and everything else falls into place.

It seems a silly notion based on the Aggies' performance in the Big 12 over the years, but they'll have a chance to prove it on the field.

The reality is that football success is the only way A&M's self-esteem will improve.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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