The winds of change are blowing through Aggieland, and the campus has been spending months preparing for the eyes of America to be on Texas A&M.
“The logo transition to the SEC began in probably late October or early November,” said Matt Watson, head football equipment manager. “We commissioned the A&M graphics shop here on campus to create all the logos for our new brethren in the conference, in addition to the main centerpiece SEC logo which is on our wall. That is to my knowledge the first SEC logo to go up on this campus.”
During spring football, head coach Kevin Sumlin wanted to prepare his team for the big move.
“He and I were talking and he said he wished there were a way that we could do something to remind the guys what they were working toward,” Watson said. “Something that said, ‘Hey, we’re in the SEC’. So we were able to slap a patch on the practice jerseys for spring ball. That, combined with the windscreens (around the practice fields) and some of the apparel the coaches and staff were wearing showed that this was a new day and a dawning of a new era, and that we are in the SEC.”
“The expectation is going to be great,” said Jason Cook, Texas A&M’s Vice President for Marketing and Communications. “All eyes—not only in the state of Texas but around the country—are going to be at Kyle Field on September 8th for that first game against Florida. There are just so many connections with the SEC schools that we have already…that transition, that first season is going to be magical. But it’s going to be seamless.”
“There are a lot of details (to take care of). There are a lot of logos to change out. We truly feel that this is our time to step up on a national stage and show people what a dynamic, world-class institution this is.”
From the hardwood at Reed to the 50-yard line at Kyle, the look of A&M’s facilities may change, but the Aggie spirit will not.
“The passion, the spirit, the traditions of our institution—those are the non-negotiables,” Cook said. “The Home of the 12th Man. We’re going to continue to maintain that Kyle Field is a very special place.”
The sun will rise on a new era of Texas A&M Athletics on July 1st. And a new symbol will stand tall over campus.
A symbol that stands for the League of Champions.A symbol that shows that This is SEC Country.