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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 We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.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 19, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Way to go Baylor....thanks for standing up for what is right!!!! A&M Fans, I'm not sure what you could possibly be angry about...wasn't it your university that renigged on it's commitment of 1 year ago to remain in the conference! Whatever happened to keeping your word? Loyalty, Honor, Commitment....all part of the Aggie heritage....or apparently used to be



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Baylor wants to tag along into the SEC.

TWO texas schools though cupcakes in some comparisons, would hold Texas media solidly. 

Texas has been independant for decades, but in denial about it

Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech. to Pac-12(16)

Missouri To Big Ten

Kansas State perfect fit with MWC, Iowa State is forced to pick between MWC and CUSA. Iowa State verses Hawaii or San Diego State verses, Iowa State Verses East Carolina and Marshall.  Iowa State in Big East is a stretch. 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Hey bonehead....when will you realize that this affects all student athletes and not just duh...football players



Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Hopefully Baylor is just trying to get some press coverage.  A&M will leave and many other in the Big XII are soon to follow.



Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Because the Big 12 sucks.  And we want a playoff.  The only way to get rid the BCS is to get 4 super conferences and take all the power away and create a playoff.



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Hooray for Baylor!!!! Way to go. They may just be my new favorite team! I hope they keep this up and thwart A&M from leaving the conference . Why do some of you fans want all these unecessary conference realignments anyway???



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Forty Acres..why inject your obvious political bias into an issue that was started by Texas' arrogance? I guess two and half years of abject failure is a little too much to take, even for an ultra-liberal elite in burnt orange.

But enough about the failings of a socialist and his left-wing sychophants, let's get back to Texas arrogance and the albatross known as the Longhorn Network. Unless Texas sheds/modifies its association with the Worldwide Leader, the Forty Acres will have no home, except for the ACC. The SEC won't take Texas and the PAC 12/Big 10 will only take Texas if it agrees to revenue share (which the regents whole-heartedlty declared they will not allow). ESPN has spent over 15 million dollars building a studio in the Lone Star stae and is employing numerous Texans which is also a complication not easily overcome.

So, you see, McBrown and his anemic Longhorns have lots more problems than they are willing to admit which explains why Forty Acres released his vitriol on little old Baylor.




Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

fortyacres, I've got the feeling there's something wrong with you...



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

I'm not knocking Baylor, but I know them more for their success in basketball, baseball and softball than for their success in football. I didn't know they had a football team. No..I don't watch Big 12 games so I wouldn't have known that they did.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

The Big East and Big 12 will merge once all the moves begin to fall. It will be interesting to really see if this does pan out this way or not.


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