UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M football team is making headlines, and the season hasn't even started yet.
For the past week the Aggies have been the talk of the town, as rumors spread they could be heading to the SEC.
That was until, the SEC announced Sunday A&M won't be receiving a formal invitation.
Fox 28 hit the streets to hear what local fans have to say.
Fans thought the move to the SEC was a done deal until yesterday, when SEC chair member, Bernie Machen, announced they were content with the 12 teams they already have.
And for a lot of people in College Station, that announcement came as a surprise.
"We had such a great season last year that I definitely think that we're up there with them, with the big dogs," said fan, Pedro Guajordo.
Another fan said they feel like it's time the SEC recognizes the Aggies for the competitors that they are.
"i think right now we already have a team good enough to be in the SEC and we'd have some good challenges and I would say within the next year or so we will probably be in the SEC." said Kevin Gutierrez.
A move into the SEC conference isn't totally out of the question. Machen said "conditions may be advantageous to expand the number of institutions" in the future.
And one fan thinks Sunday's announcement will only make A&M stronger.
"I feel like it's going to inspire them to show that they can play with the best of the best and that the end of last year wasn't a fluke, that it wasn't just because the Big 12 is softer than any other conference." said Stone Stoddard.
So for now, the Aggies are staying put in the Big 12 but fans are positive it won't be for long
"You know what, they asked us to join them, now they're saying no but we still have a good conference, we still have a good team and maybe next year we can move up to the SEC." said Gutierrez.
And in case that move to the SEC does ever happen, the Board of Regents, authorized the A&M president to take any action regarding the university's athletic conference alignment, despite the fact that the Texas House Committee postponed a hearing to discuss A&M leaving the Big 12.
During the Regent's special meeting today, they also named John Sharp as the lone chancellor finalist.