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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: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:47 am
 

Rift in Texas

FSU and Ga Tech are never coming to the SEC.  FSU is eliminated by Florida for obvious reasons and Tech brings nothing to the table.  The Atlanta market is dominated by UGA by a factor of 10-1 over Tech.  Heck, Auburn is the second most popular team in Atlanta.  It's all about market share and revenue.  FSU has no real market share and FL doesn't want the recruiting issue as well.  SEC is looking toward Va Tech, Miami and other markets to expand to.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:46 am
 

Rift in Texas

I agree with your picks for SEC expansion.  All 4 teams pack their stadiums on Saturdays and are nationally known teams that will bring viewers and 3 of the 4 are new states. Any of those teams against Bama, Florida, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, or Tennessee will be a good game that CBS and ESPN will love to have as options. Many more great games to broadcast every week. I'm sure they'll add $$$ to their contracts with the SEC to guarantee good matchups for their viewers.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:45 am
 

Rift in Texas

Texas would be huge in the Big 10.  Not sure if anyone cares about A&M nationally or not?  Texas brings huge fan base with them.  I like adding Texas and Oklahoma to the Big 10, that is a power conference with Nebraska, Ohio and Michigan!



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:45 am
 

Rift in Texas

Texas is a larger and richer University...no doubt, but...

Oklahoma is the "Big Dog" football power in the Big XII:

Record since WWII (1945-)            560-175-13 (.757) - No. 1 in Nation

Record since AP Poll (1936-)          612-199-22 (.748) - No. 1 in Nation

Most Consecutive Wins       
;          
;
47-Straight, 1953-1957 (NCAA Record)

All-Time Points Scored     
;     &nbs
p;       30,897 (No. 1 in Nation)

11+ Win Seasons    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;        19 - No. 1 in Nation)

10+ Win Seasons       
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp; 31 - No. 1 in Nation

Weeks at No. 1 in AP Poll           
;   
97 (No. 1 in Nation)

Weeks in Top 5 in AP Poll           
;   
370 (No. 1 in Nation)

Weeks in Top 10 in AP Poll         
;   
509 (No. 1 in Nation)

Average Final AP Ranking           
;   
7.39 (No. 1 in the Nation)

Weeks Ranked No. 1 in BCS        
;  
19 Weeks (No. 1 in the Nation)

Weeks Ranked Top 5 in BCS        
45 Weeks (No. 1 in the Nation)

First Team All-Americans   &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;150 OU All-Americans

Unanimous All-Americans   &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     31
(No. 1 in Nation)

Heisman Trophy Winners       
;     &nbs
p;   5

Now go "Hook" that!




Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:40 am
 

Rift in Texas

Is it possible that Texas can't get over itself and wants in the Pac 10 so bad but the Pac 10 doesn't want A&M and Tech.  Obviously Baylor is right out.  What if Texas is negotiating with the Legislature, A&M, Tech, the SEC, and Pac 10 to send A&M and Tech to the SEC and Texas to the Pac 10.  All would be good with the world except for Baylor.  Sorry Baylor but poor athletics translates to the Mtn West or WAC.  Just wondering...




Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:40 am
 

Rift in Texas

Agree 100%.  The Big 10 will be bringing in so much money after expansion that they can afford to fly assistant coaches down south to Texas and Florida to build recruiting networks.  The SEC is naive to think that they can just sit back and think they'll be fine because they have success on the field.  This expansion has nothing to do w/ what happens on the playing field. 



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:38 am
 

Rift in Texas

I see Texas T-am joining in the SEC in the West and FSU and Miami or Ga Tech in the East.




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:30 am
 

Rift in Texas

Good analysis - so if texas and A&M go to the Big Ten, then Oklahoma could maintain the Texas rivalry out of conference - perhaps Oklahoma goes to the SEC.  Or would Oklahoma also go the Big Ten and the Big Ten goes to 16 teams and forces ND's hand.  



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:30 am
 

Rift in Texas

Good analysis - so if texas and A&M go to the Big Ten, then Oklahoma could maintain the Texas rivalry out of conference - perhaps Oklahoma goes to the SEC.  Or would Oklahoma also go the Big Ten and the Big Ten goes to 16 teams and forces ND's hand.  



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:29 am
 

Rift in Texas

Good analysis - so if texas and A&M go to the Big Ten, then Oklahoma could maintain the Texas rivalry out of conference - perhaps Oklahoma goes to the SEC.  Or would Oklahoma also go the Big Ten and the Big Ten goes to 16 teams and forces ND's hand.  


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