What Texas A&M move means for basketball


While much has been made about Texas A&M’s move to the SEC from a football standpoint, the Aggies also should strengthen the league in men’s basketball.

You couldn’t make that statement a decade ago. But Texas A&M has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in hoops under former coaches Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeon. Gillispie may not have worked out at Kentucky, but he led Texas A&M to three straight postseason berths and two NCAA Tournament appearances from 2004-07. Turgeon picked up where Gillispie left off, leading Texas A&M to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances in four seasons before leaving this offseason for Maryland.

During that span, Texas A&M produced three NBA players — guard Antoine Wright (Sacramento Kings), guard Acie Law (Golden State Warriors) and center DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers).

New Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy, hired away from Murray State, inherits a team that returns three starters from its 25-9 campaign last season. Florida State ended Texas A&M’s season in the NCAA Tournament.

Texas A&M isn’t projected to begin playing basketball in the SEC until 2012-13. But Florida fans can get a sneak peak of the Texas A&M program this season. The Aggies will travel to Sunrise to face Florida on Dec. 17 in the Orange Bowl Classic.






  1. Well, chris, let’s compare to Gators: Football? Basketball? Baseball? Softball? Volleyball? Track? Soccer? Lacross? Tennis? Swimming? I don’t think UF is sweating too much on the sports front about admitting A&M.

  2. A&M definitely has nothing on UF when it comes to football but I would say that basketball might be a push, we consistently make the tournament whereas UF makes a run one year then is out for a few. Baseball, A&M went about as far as UF and in softball we’ve taken turns knocking each other out of the tournament. Same goes for soccer. Although UF is good at track, A&M has gone back to back to back in men & womens outdoor track, only team to ever do it. The two athletic departments are actually pretty comparable but in the end football is king and that is where we need to catch up