“It was quite extraordinary,” Slive said. “One of the great things about Texas A&M that we’ve appreciated from Day One was the traditions and the culture. Part of that is what happened last night. So it was great to participate in that.”
Among today’s sellout crowd will be 31,000 students.
“That’s a lot of students,” Slive said. “Everything that we thought was A&M has proven out to be A&M.”
Asked about his impressions of his first Midnight Yell practice, Slive said he was “impressed not only by size of student body but how they conducted themselves. They came with a purpose. They came with a lot of enthusiasm, passion and excitement. I think they understood the historic implications of the day and how they conducted themselves throughout the evening … They came to do what they planned to do and they did it without any incident.”
In terms of the Aggies being SEC newcomers, Slive said: “We’re excited about them coming. And we’ll watch how they can compete … A&M is committed to a high quality athletic program. They will compete in our league over time.”
“We’re going to find out,” Slive said. “I think they’ll compete very well over time.”
_ Jimmy Burch