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Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 5:56 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas A&M released a statement on Thursday saying that it had informed the Big 12 that it intends to explore the possibilities of a new conference.

“As I have indicated previously, we are working very deliberately to act in the best long-term interests of both Texas A&M and the State of Texas. This truly is a 100-year decision,” said Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin in the statement.

“While we understand the desire of all parties to quickly reach a resolution, these are extremely complex issues that we are addressing methodically. Ultimately, we are seeking to generate greater visibility nationwide for Texas A&M and our championship-caliber student-athletes, as well as secure the necessary and stable financial resources to support our athletic and academic programs,” Loftin added. “As a public university, Texas A&M owes it to the state’s taxpayers to maximize our assets and generate additional revenues both now and well into the future.” 

"I support President Loftin and our governing board’s desire to explore all options regarding the future of Texas A&M University," Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne added. "We all want what is best for the Aggies.  I’ve met with all of our head coaches to keep them informed and we all remain excited and optimistic about the future of Texas A&M Athletics.”

Now, this does not mean that the Aggies have left the Big 12 just yet, just that they're officially letting the Big 12 know that they're looking to.

It's the "I think we should see other people" of the college football world.

As we're all well aware, Texas A&M hopes to join the SEC, and the next logical step will be for the school to apply to the conference as its thirteenth member. While the SEC has made no formal invite to Texas A&M and has gone out of its way to make that point that the SEC didn't court the Aggies, you have to think that Texas A&M has a pretty good idea of what the SEC's response will be for the school to let the Big 12 know if its plans.

When the SEC will make a public decision on whether or not it will accept Texas A&M as it's thirteenth school, we can't be sure. It could be next week or a month from now, all we really know is that today's move by Texas A&M made it a lot more likely that the announcement will come at some point.


Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2011 12:09 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

a couple of thoughts on all these teams moving and conf expanding. i would like to see ALL conf with the same amount of teams. there are some conf with 8 teams and they play 5 ooc games. on the other hand some teams only play 3 ooc games. problem there, teams that play 5 ooc games against the lowly ranked teams can win ONE game in conf and be bowl elegible. IMO that sux. since there are 120 teams in div 1, split it up evenly such as 10 conf with 12 teams, or better yet 12 conf with 10 teams(in this case play EVERYBODY in your conf and only 3 ooc games .) some conf play over half their ooc games against fcs teams and teams ranked in the lower 100's. odd amount of conf now (11) would  not help a playoff system .just thinking  dont now why anyone would want  to change so every one wold be playing under the same rules.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2011 4:31 am

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

MEMO to Jamie Pollard at Iowa State:
The Longhorns are THE party causing all of the dissension in the ranks of your conference!   If Texas is so great, then WHY is it that they think they need a bigger take than everyone ELSE in the conference?   If they ARE so much BETTER, they actually should be able to do with LESS!   BULLY Beebe chased away Nebraska and Colorado, and NOW is chasing away A&'s only a matter of time before the conference blows up, so WHY NOT take the leadership role, recruiting everyone BUT Texas to form your OWN NEW conference...WITHOUT trouble-making UT!   You could do it, you know, and from THAT perspective it is the chance of a SHAPE a better future (devoid of bullies)!

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 7:01 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

Spiralchild, I bet you're at least seven years old..... does your mommie know you're playing with daddy's computor?

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:34 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

VMI....Are you twelve years old? In a three year period WVU defeated both the SEC Champion in the Sugar Bowl, and the Big 12 Champion in the Fiesta Bowl. The last time I checked WVU was in the Big East. Dumbass.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:33 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

Iowa and Iowa State to the SEC?  I had to read your post twice.  Iowa and Iowa State are probably the last schools that would ever in end up in the SEC.  Iowa State will be lucky to end up in a bcs conference and Iowa would NEVER leave the Big 10.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:47 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

The question is if Texa A&M intends on putting an application to the SEC will they accept 13 schools or will they try to get 14 to even out the conferences. If they intend on waiting for 14 I wonder who they have in mind. Most of the ACC schools are also basketball schools and are set with their confernce. I think Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and A&M should all go to the SEC. That would make the 16. The only thing is the revenues in the other schools. Texas A&M could support it but can the Mizzous and Iowas support it?

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:05 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

I think you underestimate Texas' draw. Here's an example. Did you know Texas has led merchandise sells in all colleges for the last SIX YEARS? If Texas fields a top 10 team it shouldn't be a problem. Will NBC renew ND's contract if they keep idle? We'll see. As each year passes without ND being in the BCS they're forgotten by younger and younger fans. Not to mention ND isn't a powerhouse in other sports across the board like Texas is (swimming, baseball, basketball, track, golf, etc).




As for A&M, I think it's a good thing they go to the SEC because their recruiting will get better. I'm not against it. Regardless, I think ND, BYU, and OU will have the common 'independent' vibe coming from them and will unite. The problem will then be the weak links in the league. That's just my opinion. But, I do know Texas' athletic Director is in close talks with ND and they do have positive things to say about each other.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:48 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

I think you are missing the point about Notre Dame.  They are not the same program as in the past but they are a HUGE national draw.  They can be independent without any problems.  Schools like Texas are Huge in their state but they don't have the national draw like Notre Dame.

If the Big XII and Texas think that it is no big deal to lose A&M let them walk without paying a buy-out clause.  They won't and it will only get worse before this thing is over.  Heck, you should be happy at least they went public with their plans and didn't lie like Nebraska and others.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:31 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

P.S. Army was once a college football powerhouse too you know.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:29 pm

Texas A&M lets Big 12 know it's leaving

See the thing Notre Dame fans don't get is today's college football landscape has changed. Gone are the days where ND could pluck players from any given southern state at will. I think it's the name and tradition from years past....not their current play on the field that would help the Big 12. As of today, ND is really no better than A&M...perhaps even less.  A relgious school will never win a football national championship in this day and age.

In any case, I ND and BYU have a lot in common. That's the common bond. And...if Oklahoma forms their network there's another team with a common bond.

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