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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 We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.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.

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:27 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

I get a kick out of hearing that people think the PAC 12 wants OK State and Texas Tech.  If the Pac 12 gets Texas and Oklahoma, they got those TV markets.  They don't need OK St and TT. Why would you want them anyway?  They never win a national championship in any of the important sports.

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:15 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

I'm guessing Fornelli flunked freshman English.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:08 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Just for the record..... All Big 12 teams are not signing the waiver.......Baylor is taking the media beating....... but all teams are holding up A&M. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:00 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

I say let A&M go to the SEC, Then Texas, tech, & the Oklahoma schools should resurrrect the SWC, bring in Houston & SMU, Baylor, New Mexico, TCU and maybe invite Missouri before the SEC tries to swoop'em up, you've got 10 teams there, if you lose out on Missouri bring in Rice between Rice & Baylor your graduation rate for the conference will look good and they do provide some good football too.
It's a big win all around, SMU is a rising team, same for Houston, TCU is strong, same for New mexico, I think it'd be great and I think A&M would do well in the SEC but would always secretly want to be back in the revitalized SWC.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Wow, a bit of an over reaction, perhaps? Anyway, 40 Acres is correct about how the Big 12 got Baylor. That much is true. I was a Big 8 fan when it happened.

I agree that it is just Baylor trying to protect itself as it will be left out in the cold. I think this will happen anyway and, as an Oklahoma State fan, I am excited about playing in a new conference. Times change. 

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:36 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

You know what is funny about this whole thing (which is a minor blip on the radar - Texas A&M will be going to the SEC - you can bet on it) is that the talk is that Oklahoma & Ok St. are going to the PAC 12 (14), the Big 10 (12) might be adding a team or two of the leftovers, but no one is mentioning anything about the Big East. They are like a vulture just waiting to get their fill of what is left over from the Big 12 (10/9) carcass. Another thing, do you think all these conferences could revaluate and change their names so we all wouldn't be so confused with the numbers constantly in flux? I don't know about you but I'm having a hard time trying to keep it all straight.

Can this really be a reincarnation of the season of "Lost"? Will the SEC raid the ACC and add Florida St. or the Big East and add WVU? Will the ACC and the Big East merge? Will the Big East pick up Kansas and lil' brother Kansas St., Missouri, and Iowas State? One heck of a basketball conference then. And the Big 10 (12), will they finally get Notre Dame to say  ... maybe? Doubt it. And what about Texas - Do they now become independent or follow the Sooners - or even go to the Big 10 (12) or SEC? Take that Aggies!

Yes dear friends, it should be an interesting year or two in the NCAA Lottery. We will all see soon enough who really has the Power Ball(s).

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:28 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Ladies and Gents,

This is nothing but Baylor saving its own hind quarters. No Big 12 means baylor will be looking at Conference USA, Mountain West, or the WAC which is loosely translated to "We are going to lose a sh*tload of money if we have to go to these conferences"

If the Big 12 assured the SEC that no problems will arise from the Big 12 or the other nine conference members, the Big 12 should have bound them all to that. I have a feeling the Big 12 knew that Baylor would pull this at the last minute and just sat back and enjoyed it.

Your new Big 12: t.u. and the 8 dwarves

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:27 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

I say they play for it. If Baylor wins A&M stops whining and stays. But if A&M wins then they can leave. Or is that not legal?

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:13 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Let them go! This situation is a done deal! A&M is gone as are Texas, TT, OU, and OSU!

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:10 pm

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

LSU leads Texas 14-0. That is the number of convicted felons on the team. 

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