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Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 12:26 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

As we've told you about, the SEC voted to accept Texas A&M as the conference's thirteenth member on Tuesday night, but there still seems to be a roadblock or two in the Aggies way. The SEC originally received a notice from the Big 12 on September 2nd that said the SEC was free to accept Texas A&M as a member without fear of any legal repercussions from any other member of the Big 12. 

Something that no longer seems to be the case according to a release from the SEC on Wednesday which said that the conference has voted to accept Texas A&M, but won't officially bring the school into the fold until a certain member of the Big 12 agrees to accept the move.

"After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on September 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member," said Bernie Machen in the statement. "The presidents and chancellors of the SEC met last night with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC. We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action. The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2, 2011."

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin released a statement of his own saying pretty much the same thing on Wednesday morning.

“We are certainly pleased with the action taken last night by the presidents and chancellors of the Southeastern Conference to unanimously accept Texas A&M as the league’s 13th member. However, this acceptance is conditional, and we are disappointed in the threats made by one of the Big 12 member institutions to coerce Texas A&M into staying in Big 12 Conference. These actions go against the commitment that was made by this university and the Big 12 on Sept. 2. We are working diligently to resolve any and all issues as outlined by the SEC.”

While neither the SEC or Texas A&M will name this one Big 12 member, it's generally been acknowledged that the school is Baylor. The same Baylor that launched a bit of a grassroots campaign to keep the Big 12 together on Tuesday.

Can Baylor keep Texas A&M from leaving the Big 12? Probably not, but it's hard to blame the school for trying seeing as how the school doesn't know what the future will hold should the Big 12 completely dissolve.
Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Btw, the likelihood of Texas' final resting place will be...

60% - go independent
25% - enter Big Ten
14% - enter Pac 12
1% - enter ACC
0% - enter SEC or Big East or stay in Big 12     &nb
sp;



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

I can see it now... all of the B12 AD's are in a bar trying to figure out how to make this as painful as possible for TAM (and rightfully so).  So they come up with the idea of "legally" (and temporarily) holding up the process.  However due to reputation issues schools like Texas and OU can't be the ones to do it.  So they all take the cash out of their pockets and then stare at the Baylor AD.  Naturally, with its religious affiliation, they throw themselves on the sword - take the cash - and make the call!  LOL




Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

The Pac 12 would want Oklahoma State but would have NO interest in Texas tech, just does nothing for Pac 12 fans.
I thinkthey'd want Oklahoma state because Mike Gundy is a good, colorful coach but more than anything because of the rivalry with Oklahoma which would go along with many of the other historic rivals in the conference - Washington/Wazzu, Cal/Stanford, UCLA/USC, Arizona/ASU, Oregon/OSU.
I personally don't think any Big 12 teams make sense for the Pac 12, if anything I think Boise State & Nevada make more sense for the Pac 12, I know some people say they don't bring big time TV markets to the table well neither does Wazzu, Oregon & Oregon State.
For those who say they don't have the academic standards that Pac 12 wants well from what I understand it isn't that difficult to get into Wazzu & ASU so put that aside and bring them in.
Boise is rising and is just going to keep getting better or remaining a power, the same I believe for Nevada so why not keep the conference a TRUE pacific coast conference? If you don't want Nevada how about Air Force? or Hawaii? or add those 2 in addition to Boise & Nevada then you'd have a HUGE conference with great TV exposure and tremendous football.



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

You are on the money.  I would add that if Baylor had been doing more to upgrade their football program, i.e. facilities improvements, etc. over the last 5-7 years, then they might be in a less precarious position today.  It has only been in the last few years that Baylor has even been somewhat competitive.  From everything I have read and heard about them, there has not been a real commitment to building the program in a manner that would allow them to be consistently competitive in the Big 12 arena.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

You are correct, but  Gov. Anne Richards was what, an angelic Democrat in how she got Baylor included in the exodus, but not Rice, Houston, SMU and TCU?  A true sweetheart,   she lost me with her screaming "We doooooon't lie!!!!!!" at  the DNC.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

If this were the case, adding Colorado was stupid. Oklahoma State is way better than Colorado in all of the "important" sports.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Grow up Baylor.  You had no problem bailing on the SWC and leaving Houston, TCU, SMU and Rice in the lurch.




Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

The Oklahoma Legislature has said that in order to get OU, a conference HAS to accept OSU as well.  They go together or not at all.

Same deal for Tech, most likely - they have to join either the Pac-10 or the SEC with Texas or A&M. 



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Hey grantpc, the beligerent Aggies are not destroying the Big12.  It is the LHN (Longhorn Network). That started when Nebraska and Colorado left last year. The LHN will ultimately destroy the Big12.



Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Baylor is doing what anyone would do: Try to save themselves from destruction. Just when Baylor is starting to be good in football again (Beating UT last year and TCU this year), now the belligerent aggies are destroying the Big 12 and thus vanquishing Baylor to a mid-major life sentence. My only question is this, Why is Texas Tech going with Texas and not Baylor ? Baylor is way better in Basketball, Baseball, Track, and probably football now that they have Art Briles and Mike Leach got run out of town by the James' !!!


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