When I was a boy, my younger brother and I used to play tons and tons of NBA Hangtime on Super Nintendo and almost on cue, after every loss he took, ran into my dad's living room.

To him, he believed that running away from a loss would make him feel better.

But still, at the end of the day, regardless of what fit he threw, I was going to find a way to beat him on Hangtime and later on, one-on-one.

The same could be said about Texas A&M and their decision to withdraw from the Big 12.

A&M, much like Arkansas in the old Southwest Conference two decades ago, got tired of being the second-class citizens to Texas in the Big 12 and like my younger brother a decade ago, ran to the other room (translation: SEC) because they thought it was better.

Well is it?

Basketball, which A&M has done rather well in under both Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeron, reaching the NCAA Tournament every season since 2005-06, would benefit greatly like Arkansas did when it joined the SEC in 1992.

Baseball, which reached Omaha this year, will compete against perennial powers like South Carolina, Florida, Vanderbilt, and LSU as opposed to facing cold-weather schools like Kansas and Kansas State.

And football?


If A&M joins the SEC, instead of playing two or three top teams, they're going to have to deal with Florida, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Auburn, and South Carolina week in and week out.

Can they compete with those teams?


Can they reach Atlanta like Arkansas and South Carolina?


If A&M gets placed in the same division with Alabama, Arkansas, and LSU, they will only be a step above Ole Miss in the standings behind the aformentioned three schools and Mississippi State.

That's the reality of what they are about to deal with.