Texas schools aren't right for the SEC period! They are not like us culturally or geographically and don't belong. The 'Southeastern' conference symbolizes the true South and the traditional Deep South schools, Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor etc are not anywhere close to being an SEC school, please stay away from us and remain in the conference you belong in. Our current 12 school alignment has already proven that it reigns supreme in intercollegiate athletics and frankly we don't need anyone else at all and if we ever did expand-Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech make much much more sense.
A poor cultural fit...what, is Texas A&M too conservative for the SEC? Or is it all the books on campus?
Well for starters, Texas isn't really the South, its more like its own bizarre desert world out there. Texas A&M's campus is about the ugliest thing I have seen and definitely doesn't mix with our beautiful campuses. Why should our schools have to travel 1,000 miles out there to play in Texas which is certainly not Eastern and not really Southern? Our conference epitomizes the Deep South, culturally, geographically, politically etc. Texas schools don't fit that bill at all, I admit Texas A&M does more so than the University of Texas and its liberal mecca of Austin but neither belong here at all. The old SWC and Big 8 and now Big 12 are where those schools belong not in the SEC, Texas is in the Southwest not the Southeast. Hence, the SWC or Big 12 is perfect for them or better yet, Texas thinks so highly of itself, it may as well form its own conference and it has enough 1A schools to make it happen. Arkansas and South Carolina moving to the SEC in 1992 made sense, they fit in well and are fun places to visit for opposing fans. Logistically, it makes no sense for UGA, UF, UT (the real UT that is-Tennessee) and South Carolina to have to travel to College Station to compete in sports like volleyball, gymnastics, golf and so on.
And as for academics, Vanderbilt is one of the best institutions in the country, Georgia and Florida are consistently rated among the best public universities in the nation and the other 9 schools are generally regarded as the best or one of the best schools in their respective states and have national name recognition. Furthermore, the SEC schools are home to highly esteemed medical, law and other graduate and professionals schools that are strongly recognized throughout the South.