If you two are saying the only metric of success for the move is winning football championships (conference or national) that would be a very limited view. If that were the metric it would have made more sense to move to the AAC. A&M could have easily won conference championships there. If championships alone are the measuring stick UT would have to say leaving the Southwest Conference for the Big 12 was a mistake. As far as the 2012 season goes, if A&M had gone undefeated in the Big 12 (which I doubt would have happened given the league's familiarity with defending HUNH offenses) we still wouldn't have made the championship game as both Notre Dame and Alabama would have also been undefeated. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know who gets left out in that group. As for getting beat down by Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Auburn... everybody gets beat down by Bama. We haven't even played Georgia yet. We're .500 vs Florida and just shy of that vs. Auburn. We're one of 5 schools with a winning conference record in the SEC since expansion. We're actually doing better in the SEC than we were under the same period in the Big 12. And recruiting has seen a major boost. In the 7 years prior to the SEC move A&M signed 9 ESPN Top 300 players. In the 7 years since, A&M signed 65 ESPN Top 300 players. Seriously, there have been so many positives to this move and so few negatives I don't see how anyone can deem it a mistake.