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Aggieland, I'm calling you out!

Posted on: October 1, 2011 1:28 am
Edited on: October 2, 2011 2:42 am
Before TAMU fans go ballistic at the title; a couple of disclosures.

1. I grew up in Texas and the SWC. I have no dogs in any of these conference fights except that I want to see Texas HS football get its due. Virtually any school there or in Oklahoma will satsfy that.
2. I typically root for the "have not" in Horn-Aggie rivalry, unless there is a shot at a National Championship (1975, 2005, 2009).

My purpose here is to get some feedback from informed (not Strawberry Kool-Aid drinking) Aggies who "connect the dots" because the dots do not connect from my POV.

Here are my claims against TAMU.

A. They knew all along they wanted to bolt for the SEC in 2010. They had to wait a couple of years to do it though b/c they wanted to get the extra $3.3 mil of "extortion money" from the 5 have-nots of the remaining Big XII when CU and UN left the fold. At that time, they said "we're in" after flirting with the SEC.

B. TLN gave the Aggies the public cover to do this. They could claim the greed of the Longhorns at the expense of everybody else. BTW, I do agree that Horn AD DeLoss Dodds has acted like a pig at the TV dining table.

C. I don't want to hear anything about the Lone Star Shootout (yea, I'm calling it that) because you guys were the ones that put this game at risk by choosing to leave the conference.

D. You were approached by Dodds regarding co-building a network with them 3-4 years ago and you passed. UT went on and eventually developed the confidence and expertise to make a go of it. You were (and most of us also) were stunned at the amount of money that was thrown at them.

E. You voted for (as did BTW 9-10 other schools) at the formation of the Big XII conference for an unequal revenue sharing among the schools based upon performance and TV appearances. You (like the rest of the B-12 South) did not complain about this while the North was kicking the South's butt in the first 4 yrs of the league (unlike the CU and UN whining once they could not beat schools that had more than 20 Texas HS football players on their roster). So, I don't want to hear about revenue sharing as an excuse now either, especially in light of your blood squeezing actions in A.

F. You will regret this move to the SEC for a number of reasons (and I'm not spiteful here, but someone answer these things)
i. So much of your identity is wrapped in your hatred of UT. Don't think the wealthy alum don't notice this. Are you going to change the lyrics to your fight song now?! 117 yr old rivalries do not grow on trees you know. What is the band going to do on evening before the game when it was in Austin? Certainly not march down Congress Ave.
ii. You dishonor the fallen 12 and Bonfire (which still goes on as an unsanctioned event)?
iii. Like it or not, that game means more to you than it does to Texas. Texas has Oklahoma each year. You?
iv. Do you think you're going to be more competitive in the SEC than in the Big XII? When was the last time you beat an SEC school? Try 1995. Oh, you are 0-7 to five different schools since then including 5 since 2005. Nice. 
v. Have fun trying to tell parents in Texas that they are going to need an overnight trip (and maybe air travel) anytime they want to see their son play an away game. That should help recruiting.

G. The only I can see you guys doing this is the money. BTW, I'm not so sure the money will be that good. I show the current TV deals reaping LESS with the SEC (with a 14 team league) than what you'd get now under the Big XII deal. Furthermore, you're going to have to pay travel cost to those outposts like Columbia, Gainesville, and Lexington for SEVENTEEN other sports.

I have np if you say it is strictly for the money. But I don't see what you're getting in the SEC that you didn't already have (and/or didn't already know about already) in the Big XII.

I await some informed responses here b/c I can't get this to add up.
Category: NCAAF

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:32 pm

Aggieland, I'm calling you out!

I needed some humor for the day and you provided it. I rooted for the Aggies last year in that game. I rooted for the Aggies against Okie St. last week.
Texas doesn't have the balls or the clout to go independent. Otherwise, they would've already done so. They're crazy if they think they're going to get a network TV deal like the SEC or Notre Dame. TLN was already de-fanged on the HS FB issues and the conference game issues before A&M bolted.
My statements stand.
a. A&M got the 3.3 million extortion $ in 2010. You didn't comment on that.
b. A&M knew the rivalry could end if they left B-12. They chose to do that.
c. I guess the rivalry doesn't mean anything to you. You were silent on Bonfire, 11/18/99, the fight song, and how much identity at College Station is tied up in hating the Horns (which BTW, I understand).
d. Lookup the following the September 1, 2011 link on a large cable networks sportsite regarding this. Regardless of what Dodd says, look at Byrne's vague comment and his non-returning of calls. "A&M offered TV partnership, Dodd says". We are left to speculate why. Aggies will believe anything that makes them look good regardless of the source. I don't know about the deal as propped to A&M. Nobody is commenting on that from either side. If you have a source, I'd be glad to look at it. That means in print by a news service, not a blogger.
e. The Aggies knew everything about TLN two years ago. The more dangerous elements described above were killed off by the Big XII and the NCAA.

Look, I don't think anybody was expecting that kind of $$$ for TLN. I also think that TAMU was already hedging their bets in 2010. I have np with them hedging their bets, but don't hide behind TLN. Don't act like you want the rivalry if you're willing to leave the conference. Just say, "we think we're going to make more $$ in the SEC- even if we are floor wipes for them in football". And you are floor wipes for them as you know. Maybe that changes, maybe not. 

Regarding the indpendence clause in TLN contract, there's nothing new here. Should be the Big XII fall apart, they'd want TLN to survive. It doesn't to me mean they're going indy. Like I said, they don't have the clout to do it.

Come back when you have substantiation other than Aggie Yell or whatever fan website you go to. I'm serious. I'm trying to get my Q's answered, not pick a fight. But if a fight gets my Q's answered, I'm OK with that. 

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:01 pm

Aggieland, I'm calling you out!

Call yourself out. You can not possibly believe any of the t.u. rhetoric that you are spewing! "They knew all along..." clearly you're identifying yourself as NOT an Aggie, but instead as a big ole cow kisser! Everything you uttered after that is your t.u. bias! Extortion money? What? You're unbelievable! Your beloved t.u. controls the BIG-12 with an iron-fist that OU and Nebraska had to bow down to, not to mention A&M and the other powerless schools. The BIG-12 might as well have been called the Longhorn conference. Texas makes and enforces the rules! Texas planned impropper use of the Longhorn Network as a High School recruiting tool by highlighting top high school talent and planned moving BIG-12 games to TLN is THE REASON Texas A&M University (and Nebraska, and Colorado) left the Big-12. The same reason OU and OSU attempted to move to the PAC-12 and Missouri attempted to gain BIG-10 membership! A&M is only one of at least six schools trying to change conferences and all for the same reason! No one is willing to keep the all powerful Longhorns from doing what ever promotes their own self interest; and you're "calling" A&M out for ending the A&M / t.u. rivalry! Really?! Texas by ALL accounts is making every move to finally become independent and leave the BIG-12 behind. The clause bearing out the survival of THN when t.u. becomes an independent is clear evidence of that! Dodds never made anything but a laughable offer to A&M about sharing a network! It was always about t.u. and for t.u.! It was always about t.u. setting up for their eventual move to become independent, like Notre Dame. A&M (and others) clearly saw t.u.'s intentions and the writing on the wall. Texas will ultimately become independent, the BIG-12 will fall into history, and A&M will have a stable new home. Take off your orange colored glasses and try discussing reality!

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