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Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:27 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 10:12 am
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the latest chapter in the ongoing flirtations between Texas A&M and the SEC, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe (pictured at right) has responded to Texas A&M's Thursday announcement that the Aggies were exploring a switch in conferences.

First, the statement in full, from the conference offices:

The letter received today from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin will be addressed by the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors. It remains our strong desire for Texas A&M to continue as a member of the Big 12 and we are working toward that end. However, if it is decided otherwise, the Conference is poised to move aggressively with options.

Beebe should be careful here, as the only high-level unaffiliated football programs out there are Notre Dame and BYU (no offense, Army or Navy), and saying the conference is "poised to move aggressively" implies that there's a willing candidate already in Beebe's mind. Yes, that almost certainly could mean SMU, who's practically begging for a BCS invite, but if the Big 12 adds Houston (as has allegedly been mentioned by the conference as a possibility before), the Conference USA brass might have the grounds to suggest that the Big 12 was admitting to interfering with Conference USA business, and that could mean the threat of legal action.

That said, it could also mean something much less litigious, like adding BYU and/or Notre Dame in football only, and either gently phasing in the other sports (as both schools have full pre-existing conference affiliations outside of football) or leaving it a football-only arrangement entirely. 

Not only that, there are probably plenty of expansion candidates off the metaphorical radar with which the Big 12 has had some sort of contact, and maybe Beebe has the sense that they're privately amenable to a conference change. Again, we're talking about off the radar, so it would be reckless to speculate (see: flat-out guess) on possible schools, but Beebe would be derelict in his duty as a conference commissioner if he didn't have a contingency plan for any type of expansion -- especially one based on how willing the other schools would be to move to the Big 12.

We'll say this, though: Texas A&M is still not even an applicant (much less a member or invitee) of the SEC yet. That's likely to change, but it hasn't yet. So if Dan Beebe can wrangle four of his conference members away from a potential Pac-16 in 2010, then somehow brink Texas A&M back from the bring of "SECession," he's got to be the biggest miracle worker among conference commissioners. Alas for Beebe, miracles are miracles for a reason, and this one's probably not going to happen.


Comments

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

Is it just me, or does every picture of Dan Beebe compel the thought that Chris Hansen and To Catch a Predator cameras will suddenly appear?  Just incredibly creepy.  No wonder Colorado, Nebraska and now Texas A&M want to get away!



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

As was KSU's invite to the Big East right along with KU which Self was quoted as saying.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 7:52 am
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

KU is guaranteed an invite to the Big East if the Big 12 dissolved. Don't be surprised if they got an invite to another major conference as well.  KU is not tied to K-State or visa-versa in deciding on a conference. All of this KU to Mountain West was put to rest last year by Bill Self when he confirmed the invite from the Big East.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

It would be unfortunate for the  Big 12 to loose anybody at this point in time but KU and K-State would be the true victims of this as I don't think they would have a home except for the Mountain West.  The reallignment that could take place could literally make it impossible for many fans to go see a road game because it's halfway across the country.  Rivalries are dying for the cause of a bigger paycheck.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

go, Go, GO!! already!!



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

Happy Trails A&M!  You'll be missed but we'll always have 2003......OU 77 Texas A&M 0Cool



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

BIG 10 = Missouri, Syracuse, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State


OU and Okie State will never end up in Big-10...  Okie State is not an AAU institution.  OU and Okie State to PAC 12, stoops and OU president prefer PAC to SEC.   Mizzou would probably end up in SEC, since the Big-10 really isn't interested.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

 IF (and that is a big if, as of now), A&M leaves for the SEC

Not a very big if at all, more like a when actually.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

How'd that work out for you Arkansas?
Pretty good now that Nutt is gone. 10 Wins and a BCS bowl last year. Why do you ask?



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

Soon you will realize you've lived off an embarrassing inferiority complex and an irrational superiority complex.

Sounds like you've lived a bit of that yourself mr pimpin...


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