With multiple reports indicating that Texas A&M will likely be invited to join the SEC as early as Tuesday night, there is a lone voice crying in the wilderness that the Aggies may not fully understand what's on the other side of the door. That voice is Bodhi, an amateur surfer/sky diver/philosopher/beach football player/beach bonfire-builder/party-thrower/sayer of the word "brah" and professional bank robber.
He has emerged from the surf at Bells Beach, Australia to issue one final reminder to the Aggies that playtime is over.
On head coach Mike Sherman:
"That's, ahh... that's a coach all right! Looks like a '57 Chevy I used to have."
On how the SEC approaches treating other conferences:
"It's basic dog psychology, if you scare them and get them peeing down their leg, they submit. But if you project weakness, that promotes violence, and that's how people get hurt."
(Like Mark Richt and Georgia)
On how not to behave as an SEC school:
"Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true."
On the SEC's relationship with the NCAA:
"You can do what you want, and make up your own rules. Why be a servant to the law, when you can be it's master?"
On escaping the shadow of Texas, but entering the toughest division in college football, the SEC West:
"Life sure has a sick sense of humor, doesn't it?"
On the attitude of SEC schools toward winning:
"If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love."
On why the SEC wants Texas A&M:
"This was never about the money, this was about them against the system. That system that kills the human spirit. They stand for something. They are here to show those guys that are inching their way around the country in their BCS coffins that the human spirit is still alive."
On Texas A&M going from playing one or two ranked teams a year to six or seven:
On the journey about to be taken by Texas A&M:
"Look at it! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, man! Let them go out there and get on their own, just one time on their own. I mean, come on man, where are they gonna go? Texas and Oklahoma on both sides! They're not gonna paddle their way to California! Come on, compadre. Come on!"
Vaya con Dios, Aggies, vaya con Dios.