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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 We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.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: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

You can't blame Baylor for doing everything they can to keep the conference together.  It is all for not and we all know that but they have to try.  The SEC won't bring them in and neither will the PAC-34 but I do think they'd be a better team to bring in that Texas Tech.  At least Baylor looks to be headed in the right direction. 

I do think the NCAA needs to quit sitting on their hands and actually step in and make stricter rules for leaving or expanding conferences.  If they have to, take control and split up the conferences yourself.  Something has to be done or this is going to get to chaos!   More than it has of course.




Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

No conference should have more than 12 teams, I don't even like them having more than 10.  I wish the NCAA would limit the amount of teams that can be in a conference.   Do your best Baylor to mess with these whining we don't like being in the same conference with Texas yahoos.  



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Oh ok!  Bring Baylor to the SEC.  We need another school to go along with Ole Miss in the West to balance Vandy and Ketucky football in the East. 



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

No thanks, the SEC doesn't want Baylor. Join the MWC and be one of the teams Boise beats up on each season.



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Baylor needs a commitment that they would be taken care of by the SEC and the lawsuit will go away.  The SEC needs another school to make 14 anyway.  Offer the last opening to Baylor.  The SEC gains another Texas-based team to balance T A&M and Baylor finds a conference.



Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Give it up, Baylor, and quit being a crybaby.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Baylor stands between A&M and the SEC

Hey Baylor......we know you aren't excited about losing your BCS-conference status but quit ruining this for everyone else. It will happen one way or another. Enjoy your time in the WAC, or C-USA, or the Sun Belt, or Mt West ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


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