|Clark Griswold would definitely take the fam here|
So let's go ahead and say that Texas A&M joins the SEC. Maybe next year, maybe the following, or perhaps even 3 or 4 years from now. As we discussed previously, that would likely mean an Oklahoma or Missouri comes along with them for balance reasons.
So would this mean the SEC Championship game held on the first Saturday every December is safe in Atlanta? Jerry Jones has built himself a pretty big playground out in Dallas.
Jerry Jones already couldn't stand seeing the Georgia Dome host the Chick-fil-A Kickoff games the past 3 seasons, and has created his new Cowboys Classic game, beginning this season with Oregon and LSU. You can be assured that more television sets across the world will be tuned into that Top 5 matchup than the game our Dawgs are involved in at the exact same time. And don't look for that trend to change next year, even though there will be 2 games (Auburn/Clemson, Tennessee/NC State) held in Atlanta, because Jerry Jones has already secured a matchup of Alabama/Michigan for his 2012 Cowboys Classic. Where do you think ESPN College Gameday will go that weekend, along with the majority of interest and coverage??
I love to think of Atlanta, Georgia as the capital of SEC football. It's the place a large majority of SEC graduates congregate for work, as well as the central location for all school's destination hopes in December. I think having Texas A&M in the SEC will be a good thing, but I hope what comes to mind when the SEC is mentioned is southern hospitality, shrimp and grits, peach cobbler, and the true deep south. I would hate for the image of the SEC to transition into deserts, big hair, cattle drives, and John Wayne.
KEEP THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP IN ATLANTA!!
19 days til' kickoff!!