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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.


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:31 am

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

It is time to take a realistic look at the situation.  IF (and that is a big if, as of now), A&M leaves for the SEC, Missouri certainly would be willing to join them, or move to the Big 10.  It is no secret that Missouri is not very happy with the Big 12.  It is also no secret that Notre Dame will do everything in it's power to remain an Independent.  The only way they join any Conference is if the gun is held to their heads.  BYU just went independent, so they are going to be in no hurry to join another Conference, especially one that would be as weak as the Big 12.  Then their is the brewing fiasco with the TLN, and it's success or lack of it.  If the Big 12 loses both A&M and Missouri, the Conference folds.  It is very difficult seeing them survive the loss of just one of those schools.  Adding SMU or Houston really weakens an already weak conference, making it that more difficult for a team like OU to out vote anyone, if they have the same record as another team from the Big 4 conferences (ACC, Big 10, Pac 12, and SEC).  The end may be near for the Big 12-2.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:19 am

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

The Big 12 will cease to exist in five years. It is just a matter of time before they are scavenged for parts.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:36 am

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

While we are at it, why not just up and move Texas A&M to Georgia or South Carolina?

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:36 am

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement


Did you forget North Texas?  Rice? 

If the Big 12 invites ANY of the schools you mentioned, it is DONE.

The point of expansion is not simply to reach a number.  The schools you suggest do NOTHING in terms of television contracts and less than nothing in terms of strong football tradition.

Between BYU and Notre Dame, the Big 12 has to get at least one and then go from there. 

Dan Beebe said last year that if the conference expands, then they will not do so within the conference's geographic footprint.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:11 am

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

If AM does leave, why not bring in SMU, Houston, UTEP, or Tulsa?

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 5:59 am

Dan Beebe responds to Texas A&M statement

Hey Beebe - I thought the Big 12 had never been more unified now that NU left?  Now you are rearranging the deck furniture on the titanic...  Congratulations Beebe, you kiseed Texas' butt and where did it get you?  Your conference is about to lose its 3rd team and you're only option is to add Houston and SMU???  Wow, that is much better than keeping NU, CU and A&M!!!

Beebe, you are a complete loser.  I hope your conference mismanagement leads to a path of early retirement from college sports.  It is ecactly what you deserve.  

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