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Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 10:01 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: The Sporting News is reporting that a "high-ranking SEC" source says the report of Texas A&M accepting an invitation to the SEC is "just not true." So there goes that. For now. Prepare yourselves for a new report on Friday saying that A&M is going to the SEC.

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of Texas A&M leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC in recent days. However, that's all it has been: talk. Rumors spreading throughout the internet like wild fire with some saying that it's going to happen and other saying they believe Texas A&M is bluffing.

Well, now there's at least one site reporting that it's a done deal and Texas A&M will be leaving the Big 12 for what it sees as the greener pastures of the SEC.

According to -- a subscription site -- Texas A&M has already decided that it will join the SEC, but it can't officially announce the move until August 22nd. As you'd expect, this report has generated a lot of response online with some people buying it completely, and others expressing serious doubts.

Personally, I fall on the side of the line filled with doubt. As Aubrey Bloom of Gigem247 tweeted, this is the same website that reported A&M to the SEC was a done deal last year, and said as recently as a month ago that there was no chance that the Aggies would leave the Big 12. I'm also bothered by the fact that this story is behind a subscription wall and has only one source.

If you were that confident in the information, wouldn't you want to put the story somewhere the entire world could see it, and not just on a message board for subscribers?

Now this does not mean that I don't think Texas A&M is going to leave for the SEC at some point, nor does this mean I'm saying the report is false. All I'm saying is that I'd approach this story with caution. Until Texas A&M comes out and makes an official statement about its intentions, then everything else is just hearsay.

Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:40 pm

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

Why would the SEC want TAM?  They could have the pick of the litter out of any conference except the Big Ten.  I just don't get it.  A&M is the BIG winner if all this comes to fruition.  And, they'll probably water down the SEC so the rest of the conferences can catch up.  So I guess everybody wins here, except the SEC.

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:39 pm

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

16 team super conferences have some intrigue

1- each school has 7 games vs their division foes
2- each school could play 2 teams from the other division and rotate them to play them all over a few years
    or play 3 so each school has 5 h and 5 a games
3- with the 9-10 games above that leaves 2-3 OOC games to schedule and still leaves some room to negotiate a decent super conference h&h  and 1-2 cup cake pad the stats or checkbook however you see it.


remember the good old days when teams played who ever and didnt worry about 2 losses??


if everybody plays a comparable schedule
if every body play a cup cake
if everybody has a conference championship game

etc etc etc

if your team ends up 10-2, like LSU last year, it is easier to swallow not going to a BCS game because LSU fans knew the gauntlet that Aub and Ark faced was the same.

When USC and LSU have the same record and USC played ND or someone like that, we understand that.

When Tex and LSU have the same record and Tex played tOSU we understand



if they end up with 4-5 super conferences and make some sort of plan to "equalize" schedules and MAKE cross conference games a reality  THAT WILL BE the ULTIMATE for college football...

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:26 pm

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

Not that my opinion matters, but I have no interest in expanding the SEC.  I like the 12 team conference setup.  But, if the SEC is going to be adding teams, then Texas A&M is not a bad choice.  They will bring new TV markets to the conference, but I have no interest in that.  Some have talked about recruiting, but LSU already recruits well there.  This may get more schools from the SEC into Texas, but again, it will not help LSU. 

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:22 pm

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

now if the SEC does grab aTM

they will take at least 1 more team


Fla St?  why??

Clemson??  why???

Miami??  why???

Ok??  why???

Now assuming they add 2 teams only, to get to 14

Va Tech is my instant 2nd team


Washington DC baby!!!

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:19 pm

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

1-  SEC does not need or want aTm for their "what they can bring sports involvement"
2- SEC does not need or want aTM for the "entry into Texas recruiting"
3-  The SEC wants aTm or any decent Texas team for the TV MARKET

I may be a few off but

Dallas is bound to be top 5
Houston top 10
San Antonio top 50

TV markets



LSU and Arkansas currently both go to Texas with regularity for decent players

I would think many other SEC teams can if they wanted


LSU 2  Fla 2  Bama 1  Aub 1 Tenn 1 have won BCS titles

Ga has been close to getting there

that is 1/2 of the conference that has shown it can compete for a title

BUT  while aTm is decent they are not THE BEAT ALL addition


aTm is real close to the Houston and Dallas markets

LSU has alums in both

Ark I am sure does as well

Those 3 teams alone would grab a lot of TV ratings in those 2 markets

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:47 am

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

 If this turns out to be true, it will serve as excellent advertising for Aggies fans to subscribe to the site. That's why they posted it in a "subscribers only" area. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:10 am

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

This is really starting to get out of hand.  TLN has been dealt a rather severe blow by both the NCAA and the Big 12.  Aparently, they cannot televise High School games, and are limited to one non-con football gamme a year.  That basically sends the TLN right down the drain.  The question facing everyone now is very simple.  No matter what happens with the TLN Network, does A&M simply want to leave the Big 12?  The reason is not important.  Either they do or they do not.  If they do, the SEC will welcome them with open arms.  That would set off a Domino effect.  Where would Texas go?  Independent, to try and save their network?  Where would the two Oklahoma schools go?  SEC?  Pac 12?  How many schools does the SEc want to add?  What is the response oof the Pac 12, Big 10, and ACC?  This could get very interesting.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:37 am

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

I dont see Ou and oSu joing the PAC when they have Arkansas less than 250 miles from both campuses and they have far more in common with the SEC than a conference that prides itself on political corectness, wine sipping, and playing in front of 40k.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:22 am

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

I think when all is said and done, the LHN will not happen. I think there will be a deal between Texas and ESPN to mutually agree to move on. I do still think that the Aggies will go to the SEC and then I think that UT, TT, OU and OSU will get an invite to the Pac 12 and will each get their Fox regional network which will provide them all with the exposure that they want. You will get two divisions. The PAC 8 and the SW8 and I think the conference will rename itself the BIG 16.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:04 am

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

Hey Jethro, do us all a favor and master the English language BEFORE posting to a public forum.  Sorry to be the one to tell you this but your public school system has failed you.

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