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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: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:16 am
 

Rift in Texas

Texas Tech doesn't seem that different academically from Wazzu, Oregon St. or Arizona St.

And Texas, A&M, and Oklahoma splitting just doesn't work for anyone involved.  You get fans fired up by playing a hated rival, and those don't develop overnight.  The Big XII was actually a great example of that.



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:37 pm
 

Rift in Texas

Don't care at this point. SEC is best fit for us. Culturally, location, tradition. If tu wants a non conference opponent, I hope it is us, but they can have the PAC-10.



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Rift in Texas

Texas is already punishing it's own by joining the PAC 10...It would be a bigger punishmet for the Aggies to have to join the stupid PAC 10 because of t.u.  I say let them cry all they want...I remember when we trounced them like dogs before the breakup of the SWC, they weren't crap then and this deal they've made out west is going to be a collossal failure when everyone realizes that the travel is brutal.  So long arch rivals...I hope you like getting jet lag & menstral cramps you douchebags! 



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:06 pm
 

Rift in Texas

I just happened to remember that there was a time when Kentucky refused to schedule Louisville.  They wouldn't get them he time of day.  The Kentucky state legislature stepped in and forced the scheduling.  I guess the Texas legislature could and would do the same thing if necessary.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Rift in Texas

Douchebag Chip Brown from Orangebloods says that if A&M breaks away and goes to the SEC that Texas will punish them and never play them in any OOC sports again.  What do the Aggies think about that?



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:46 pm
 

Rift in Texas

A&M will join the SEC.  Hopefully Virginia Tech will join us there with Mizzou & maybe Baylor or TCU.  I know...everyone thinks Baylor doesn't deserve it, but they do bring a lot to the table in sports other than football, and having a private school in the western division would balance the whole Vandy thing in the east.  Mizzou is a natural fit for the south, I mean come on....I'm pretty sure the Missouri Compromise solidified it's affiliation with the south years ago.  (too bad Jayhawkers) and would contribute a lot of new media markets (St. Louis) and recruiting grounds.  They could develop a rivalry with Arkansas.  Virginia Tech is a real interesting one too, like A&M they are steeped in tradition and excellence, have a loyal fan base, and would deliver Virginia as a new market as well.  I think the new SEC will look like this:

East
Florida
Georgia
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Auburn
Alabama
Virginia Tech
South Carolina

West
Ole Miss
Mississippi St.
Arkansas
LSU
Texas A&M
Baylor(or TCU)
Mizzou
Kentucky

The funny thing is that most fans of the SEC seem to favor Miami, Fla St., & South Fla.  This makes no sense at all...I mean what do those schools bring to the table?  Florida is already a SEC media market & recruiting ground, and Miami shouldn't be favored over Baylor...they are both private schools & Baylor has a much better basketball team.  Expansion only makes sense if it makes everyone involved more money, and there isn't any more $$$ in adding three schools in Florida, sorry.  A&M, Mizzou, & VT would be HUGE for the SEC, and Baylor or TCU would solidify the SEC in all of east Texas.  I also think that the should (not that they are) look at Houston, I can't say that Cougar High is a powerhouse or anything...but they are the 4th & final University system in the state of Texas (the others being t.u., A&M, & Texas Tech) that recieves state funding...meaning they have deeper pockets than either Baylor or TCU.  Look for this to happen, the SEC will not fall behind the Big Televen or the Pac 11 ever! 




Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:41 pm
 

Rift in Texas

Please Please Please....A&M got to SEC and not the PAC-10. Please.

Gig'em



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:17 pm
 

Rift in Texas

Who cares about Tech? I mean really, it's not like they're a big time school either athletically or academically.
I say Texas should worry about themselves and not worry at all about anyone else.
The reason A&M wants to be in the SEC is because they're focused solely on the football part of things and have no worry at all about what their academic standing is whereas Texas is concerned about both fronts and when one looks at the SEC the strongest Academic school they have is Florida and yes I am including Vandy too that's nothing to brag about.
Tell me why Oklahoma doesn't want to go to the SEC also, so it's not just Texas who doesn't want to go to the SEC.
I say let A&M go to the SEC where it's all "Foosbawll"...nothing but "Foosbawll".."The heck with going to class & graduating kids!"
If Texas wants to jump to the Pac 10 I say they should go for it, bring Oklahoma with them, Kansas & Missou too, leave Baylor - who although a good school academically is a weak sister as pertains to athletics, leave Tech behind as well.
Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas & maybe Oklahoma State would give the Pac 10 penetration into some great TV markets and would expand their recruiting pool.
Those schools plus Colorado and the current Pac 10 schools would make it a 16 team league with 2 -  8 team divisions with the Arizona schools joining the new schools as one division and the rest of the 8 Pac 10 teams creating the other division.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 8:54 pm
 

Rift in Texas

tHE bIGGEST ISSUES ON THE TABLE GOING INTO FRIDAY?

"WHAT DOES TEXAS DO?"
"WHAT DOES TEXAS DO?"
"WHAT DOES TEXAS DO?"

ARE YOU SERIOUS ?? IF A&M GOES BY THAT RULE , THEY DESERVE WHAT THEY GET.. SHOULD IT BE WHAT WILL BE BEST FOR A&M ??

1. TWO TIMEZONES !!
2. TRAVEL - THE COST OF AND THE WEAR ON THE STUDENT ATHL. DOING IT.
3. HOW CAN YOU RECRUIT A PLAYER FROM THE SOUTH TO GET EXCIDED ABOUT PLAYING WASH ST. , STANFORD , THE DUCKS , ETC ...
4. WHAT FAN HAS THE MONEY TO TRAVEL TO THESE GAMES ON THE WEST COAST.
5. WHO WILL STAY UP REGULARLY TO WHAT PAC 16 GAMES AT 10:OO PM OR 11:00 PM , ETC ...
6. HOW CAN YOU RECRUIT FANS FROM THE SOUTH TO GET EXCIDED ABOUT PLAYING WASH ST. , STANFORD , THE DUCKS , ETC ...
7. GET YOUR WINE AND CHEESE OUT AND WATCH ALITTLE FOOTBALL. YAHOO !! I'M EXCITED ALREADY !!
8. A&M CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES, IF TEXAS WILL'NT PLAY THEM IF THEY GO TO THE SEC , WHO REALLY ACTING LIKE A BULLY AND BABY ?? IT'S HIGH TIME TO GET SOME COMMON SENSE A&M

THANKS



Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 7:16 pm
 

Rift in Texas

SEC?   They could share the libraries of the schools in the SEC - both books


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