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Rift in Texas

Posted on: June 11, 2010 8:46 am
 
Your morning expansion line for Friday includes news that Texas and Texas A&M may break apart.

Call it an expansion micro-burst. First it was the Big 12 breaking up. Now the most powerful faction of the Big 12 could be drifting apart. We always thought that Texas and A&M were joined at the hip pads when it came to expansion. But a Thursday meeting produced no consensus between Texas and Texas A&M. I hear that A&M prefers the SEC while the league is a non-starter for Texas.

I also hear that Jim Delany is still trying like heck to get Texas into the Big Ten. But what about that "Tech problem"?

The dominoes figure to officially start tumbling today when Nebraska announces it is joining the Big Ten. I wrote the heck out of this issue this week but it bears repeating: The Big 12 cannot survive if Nebraska leaves. 1) The TV rights go way down; 2) What's to keep Texas, or any other school, leaving in two, three, four or five years? The Big 12 is a bad marriage that cannot go on.

The biggest issues on the table going into Friday:

a) What does Texas do?
b) What does Texas do?
c) What does Texas do?

OK, seriously:

a) Where do Texas and A&M end up and do they go as a unit?
b) Where does the Big Ten strike next (because it will strike next)?
c) Where does the Pac-10 strikes next (please don't believe his stuff about the Pac-10 stopping at 11)?
d) What are you doing at 5 p.m.? Remember when happy hour today was the deadline for Missouri and Nebraska? Nebraska is gone and Missouri has no idea where it stands.


Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Rift in Texas

i guess you were wrong.
not that i care just was finally checking my back logged response on this site.
hope that worked out for you.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:45 pm
 

Rift in Texas

I think the Big Ten is done fishing in the midwest, with the exception of still trying to catch Notre Dame. I thought they were originally looking at adding more teams from the east to get more viewers/recruits from the New York areas. With adding teams like Pitt or Rutgers, or even Va Tech it will expand their region even further from the Pac 10. Given those schools might not have the national history or tradition compaired to other big schools, but they are on the rise and with a little extra money the Big Ten would provide, they could be making history. The Big Ten (+2) needs 2 more teams (at least) and Im sure the Pac 10 and SEC wouldn't mind getting a couple more themselves. It all falls on what Texas does. Should they stay or should they go? Im a Big Ten man myself but I have much respect for the Big 12, Pac 10, SEC, and all other conferences. This is going to be exciting to watch and see what unfolds.


I agree that the Big 10 is done with the Midwest except for Notre Dame. There are some schools that people keep mentioning that simply are not in the running, e.g., Missouri (no football tradition), Pittsburgh (brings nothing with it: PSU already brings the state), Rutgers (they suck in all sports), Iowa St (same category as Pittsburgh). The Schools that can be brought in are Boston College (Boston market), Syracuse (New York market), and Maryland (Wash D.C. market). Each of these schools could not do it on their own; but TOGETHER they can bring the in the Northeastern Seaboard. After acquiring these three, THEN the Big 10 would make one final appeal to Notre Dame.




Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Rift in Texas

The rumours of A&M going to the SEC are a joke. They are just trying to show that they can stand on their own. They can't. Everyone knows that A&M will do whatever Texas tells them. On Tuesday, they will get in line and join the Pac-10. End of discussion. Let's not waste our energy on this.



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2010 9:24 am
 

Rift in Texas

Check out my blog on how the SEC could take 12 teams... separate it into 4 divisions... then have two extra games that would determine the SEC Champions.



Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: June 12, 2010 8:13 am
 

Rift in Texas

I think the Big Ten is done fishing in the midwest, with the exception of still trying to catch Notre Dame. I thought they were originally looking at adding more teams from the east to get more viewers/recruits from the New York areas. With adding teams like Pitt or Rutgers, or even Va Tech it will expand their region even further from the Pac 10. Given those schools might not have the national history or tradition compaired to other big schools, but they are on the rise and with a little extra money the Big Ten would provide, they could be making history. The Big Ten (+2) needs 2 more teams (at least) and Im sure the Pac 10 and SEC wouldn't mind getting a couple more themselves. It all falls on what Texas does. Should they stay or should they go? Im a Big Ten man myself but I have much respect for the Big 12, Pac 10, SEC, and all other conferences. This is going to be exciting to watch and see what unfolds.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 8:04 am
 

Rift in Texas

Remember what college is for --education.   Texas would do well learning from the likes of Cal and Stanford- it would enhannce its reputation.    
The SEC is full of junk  jock schools.  Texas won't go there.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2010 2:49 am
 

Rift in Texas

How does adding these 4  teams make the the pac 10, acc, and big ten irrelevant.  Obviously, adding texas and oklahoma make the sec better, but first, how did you choose UNC and  WVU, and second, how can you consider Penn State, michigan, USC, oregon, ohio state, iowa, florida state, miami, clemson, virginia tech, nebraska, notre dame and many other schools irrelevant.   You obviously graduated from  or root for an SEC school.  How did you pick UNC or WVU?  UNC is terrible in football and WVU is only occasionaly good, mainly because they benefit from being in a weak conference.   I have one final question,  are you retarded?




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:34 am
 

Rift in Texas

Not to mention that all the UT regents are appointed by an Aggie, Emporer Perry.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:31 am
 

Rift in Texas

The difference for Baylor is that Ann Richards is no longer governor.  The Texas legislature can make threatening phone callas to regents, but in the end, there are more in the chamber who have affiliations with Texas, A&M and Tech than Baylor.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:19 am
 

Rift in Texas

"VT would be HUGE for the SEC"

Virgina Tech burned its political capital to get in the ACC (instead of Syracuse).  I think it is very unlikely they would leave now.  I can't image the Governor or legislature would permit it to happen.

Personally, I would prefer if they left.  We need more serious and better academic institutions like Syracuse, Vanderbilt or Rutgers.


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