Originally Posted by Hervoyel
That's amusing. "Those folks are dumb and can step off". Wanted to stop reading right there. The "You disagree with me so you're dumb" point is pretty stupid in and of itself. That's just the author giving his Aggie readers a little positive reinforcement to offset their life-long inferiority complex received at the hands of decades of subservience to UT.
USC is in a class of programs that A&M will never enter. Oklahoma, UT, USC, Notre Dame, Alabama..... A&M isn't one of those teams. It's the team that those teams climb over along the way (sometimes with difficulty, A&M is a very good program.... no shame in that) to get to the National Championships they earn decade after decade.
A&M has to claim imaginary titles from the distant past to make itself feel good about even bumping shoulders with those schools. Being the head football coach at USC is a big thing whether the local Aggie fans want to admit it or not. Being the head football coach at Texas A&M isn't as a big a thing at all. It just isn't.
You get someone great to stay around for a couple of decades and win a few national championships and you'll be getting there. Hell, being the head football coach at A&M doesn't even hold a candle to being the head football coach at LSU. How could it ever compare to being the head football coach at USC?
Herv, it seems you, and others on here, are basing your opinions of A&M's football program from what you've seen in the past. And yes, that program could "never" be in the same class with the others that you mention. But, A&M (the university and the football program) has been growing and changing since the 60's probably more than any other university in the US. It's gone from an all male military school of about 5000 or so, to now being a major coed university with about 45,000 students. It's not the same old A&M.
The football program has been evolving along with the school. And, with the move in to the SEC, the new/expanded stadium (3rd largest in college football when complete), second to none training facilities, and money coming in now in record amounts (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/colle...ools/finances/
) A&M is now in the same class with the other schools you mentioned. Yes, they don't have all the Football NC's (1 legit NC in 1939) the others have, but they're coming. It's just a matter of time.
Is being the HC at USC a big thing? Yes. Is it bigger than being the HC at A&M? 5 to 10 years ago I would have said yes without question. Now, with everything that's happened over the last 2 years, I can't say that anymore. A&M has put itself in position to be a football power. If you can't see that then we can agree to disagree.