Of all the teams in the Big 12 or whats remaining of it, which I guess is only time at this point, A&M has the most to gain. Not only for the University which has doubled its enrollment since the 70's, and will continue to have an alum base growing every year in a passionate state that loves to donate to football, but also A&M has a chance to provide the first link to the only remaining frontier in College Football...the states of Florida and Texas in one conference for the first time on the highest stage in College Football. An A&M move to the SEC gives instant national relevance to a program for the most part not nationally recognized outside of Texas due to the shadow of UT. WE all know A&M is the sleeping giant when it comes to resources, alumni base, a Dallas/Houston Media Market, and more importantly the only SEC school (if it happens) with sole ownership Texas recruits for the SEC.
Traditions are great, but we watched NU and OU stop their annual thanksgiving day game and time rolled on. A&M and UT could still play every year out of conference.
This is the best move A&M could ever make, they are poised to become a power house if they move to the SEC not immediately, but within a decade or two. The only tradition A&M should consider is becoming a potential powerhouse in College Football which starts by playing in the most prestigious and talent rich conference in the country.
Go for it! I think the Old Bear would agree, you won't find the same competition outside of the SEC, nor will you get a chance to have autonomy over your destiny as you will in the SEC. UT out west gives A&M the distinct advantage of staying put in the south.
Stay away from the trap of the PAC-16, and become the A&M you should be in the SEC, this is without a doubt UT's biggest fear as it should be for any team that plays in the same region. The Aggies are sitting on an untapped oil field, quit sitting and start drilling!