“We don’t need them anymore.”

Ah, tradition.  Does anything more really need to be said about the last round of SEC conference expansion than, “Life goes on, though, and new rivalries are established”?

Well, maybe this:  “Neither has built a rivalry on the level of the one it lost…”

These people suck.

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28 responses to ““We don’t need them anymore.”

  1. I will say that Loftin speaks his mind, which is refreshing. Can you imagine Jere Morehead making comments like that?

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  2. Otto

    A&M has not regained a rival the level of Texas but the next level rivals in LSU and rekindling Arkansas, I believe are more captivating than Baylor, Tx Tech etc.

    TCU joined as A&M was leaving. A&M’s rivalries with OU and OSU were for the most created with the creation of the Big12.

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  3. Dante

    I don’t like that Texas A&M and Missouri are in the SEC now. I especially dislike that Missouri is in the East since I’d rather watch Georgia play any West team than watch them play Missouri. But ending the Texas vs Texas A&M rivalry was a good move for A&M. Even if A&M eventually righted the very lopsided rivalry record, A&M would never be the institution Texas is when it comes to college football. It was a good move for A&M to walk away from that. They weren’t peers. A&M was the Jan Brady in that relationship.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      TAMU could have won the Big 12 with Manziel if they had stayed. Instead all they got on the field was extra publicity.

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  4. DoubleDawg1318

    I am all for kicking the new arrivals back to the Big 12 where they belong. I cheer for both of them to finish last or close to it every year.

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    • MGW

      I don’t cheer against them, but I do want them out. They used to be entertaining to watch, because they had major rivalries that mattered. Now they’re just the reason we’re barely in the same conference as the west teams.

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    • Mayor

      What about South Carolina and Arky? Are you “all for kicking” them out too? No snark–I really want to know how people feel on this issue.

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      • Absolutely on SCU.

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      • MGW

        I’m not. The difference there was that they geographically made a lot more sense (SC more so than Arky, but still). Plus you have to pick SOME point in time to set as the standard and you could keep going further and further back with that if you want. Plus those teams have developed actual rivalries. As for Arky, I would hate to see them go, but I would also love to see them renew their rivalries out west. Got no idea about SC’s history. Maybe playing teams like NC, NCst, VA, VaTech, etc?

        To me, its all about being as tightly regional as possible, with the exception of those weird northern/california rivalries. That regional aspect is being completely ignored, even looked at as a problem to those in charge because it doesn’t help the “footprint”.

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      • Otto

        The only one I could take any joy in being kicked out is Arkansas and that was for giving Ohio St their first Bowl win over an SEC team.

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      • JCDAWG83

        If I were king and could dictate by decree I’d get rid of the chickens and the pigs and replace them with FSU and Clemson. Mizzery and aTm just need to go, let them go to the Big 12.

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      • The Bruce

        Arkansas and SC already had built-in rivalries with LSU and Georgia, respectively. Plus it made sense geographically. Having said that, I would have much rather had Clemson or FSU…

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        • tmflibrarian

          SC is the one that thought it had a rivalry with Georgia. I grew up in Columbia in the 80s and it was a huge game for them when it never was for us. Spurrier changed some of that, but the rivalry was only “built-in” on one side for generations. Our rivalry with Clemson has always been much stronger.

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          • Mayor

            Because Clemson actually could and would win the game and sometimes when it really meant something. Remember 1981? The chickens were never really a threat pre-SOS.

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  5. MGW

    Money, and every single team jockeying to position themselves for a run at a championship is killing the game. But everyone’s doing the same thing so it helps nobody.

    Its like everyone in a room full of people having a knife fight each believe they would have a better chance to win if everyone in the room had a gun.

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  6. Bright Idea

    I wonder why Bill Self really doesn’t want to play Mizzou. Most years he would win and I can’t believe he cares enough about the other sports to want to punish them. I believe Texas just doesn’t want to risk losing to A&M so they use realignment as an excuse.

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  7. WarD Eagle

    $$$ >>> Tradition

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  8. The Georgia Way

    Rest assured, we are already in front of this and have taken steps to generate clean old-fashioned hate for our new rivals. Let’s introduce them:

    Kent State. By the time we play, their former baseball coach will have completed his 8th straight losing season at Georgia.

    Samford and Austin Peay (pronounced ‘Pee’). Recently-completed removal of all west end restrooms will double crowd hostility when the words ‘Sanford’ and ‘Peay’ are used in the same sentence. If hostilities get too hot, we will reference Samford’s team as ‘the Bulldogs’.

    Murray State. By the time we play, crowd hostility will rise every time we reference the name of the last Georgia quarterback to win a conference game in Jacksonville.

    Middle Tennessee State. Hostility will rise when the crowd comes to grips with the prospect of three straight home losses to teams from the great state of Tennessee.

    Massachusetts. By the time we play, our current coach will have already lost two straight basketball games to UMass.

    Appalachian State. We have yet to come up with a hostility strategy, but are confident we will have it by 8:00pm on September 2.

    As college football evolves, you can count on The Georgia Way to take maximum moral and financial advantage, establishing new traditions along the way. And this is yet another Bulldog Point of Pride!

    #COMMITTOTHEG

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