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Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 10:46 am
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Aggie yell leaders are going to have quite a challenge this season shouting over the chants of "S-E-C, S-E-C."

In Big 12 stadiums.

Texas A&M will remain in its present conference for at least one more day. That's one day too long for scores of Aggies after Embarrassment Sunday. Your shame, ya'll, has just begun. Every Big 12 game involving A&M will, from here forward, resemble a weekly date with an ex-wife. Call A&M the (Home) Wrecking Crew.

The Big 12 just went from unstable to uncomfortable with the announcement that the SEC will stand pat. That beats the hell out of unraveling. Good for the Big 12 that it is threatening to stay together for a 15th consecutive month. The proud Aggies will just have to endure the taunts and cheap shots until the SEC changes its mind.

That could be soon, it just wasn't Sunday. Florida president Bernie Machen said that "future conditions" may make SEC expansion "advantageous". Well, of course. The SEC's decision to do nothing Sunday doesn't mean Texas A&M will never be in the nation's most powerful league, it just means a lot of people look a bit foolish right now.

Sources/ADs/administrators/message boarders/fans/Doug Gottlieb.

Note to Aggies everywhere: Before you borrow daddy's Caddy and rent a tux, make sure you have a prom date.

It always seemed strange that A&M was fast-tracking this thing. In the end, SEC presidents didn't want to be rushed. Why should they? With or without the Aggies, the SEC is still making $3 billion in a 20-year media rights deal finalized a couple of years ago.

The SEC is basically telling A&M: Get your house in order and then we'll talk. There is an A&M regents conference call on Monday. A Texas state representative wants to hear testimony to a Higher Education committee on Tuesday.

In the end, those SEC presidents couldn't find a 14th school to go along with A&M or didn't want to risk a legal challenge from the Big 12 (by potentially breaking up the league). Possibly both.

Our Brett McMurphy reported that SEC presidents have a "gentleman's agreement" not to expand within the league's footprint. That would eliminate Clemson and Florida State.

ESPN probably has a lot to do with it too. The key to the deal is how the Worldwide Leader can maximize A&M, Oklahoma and Texas with conference realignment looming. A&M must extricate itself from the Big 12 so it doesn't look like the SEC is interfering. OU must decide between the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Texas has to be in a place where its increasingly burdensome and controversial network is the most profitable.

Until then, spare us your crap on the finality of the subject. Everybody. This is the second shot heard 'round the world that didn't make it out of the cannon. How'd that Pac-16 thing work out?

What's the rush? There's plenty of time and cash for everyone. Texas A&M isn't going anywhere -- for now. It sure as hell didn't go to the SEC on Sunday.

Hope those Aggie yell leaders have ear plugs.

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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

It seems to me that Texas appears willing to "cut off it's nose to spite it's face".  The preferential treatment that Texas enjoys in the Big 12 was the root of Nebraska's and Colorado's departure.  Now with the Longhorn Network angering the A&M folks, it appears that the Big 12 is bound for extinction.  And if there's no Big 12 to play in, Texas is left with 2 options:  (1) go Independant like Notre Dame; or (2) go join another conference.

Going Independent isn't a good choice for Texas.  As big as their fan base is, it's not nationwide like Notre Dame's is.  Plus, the Texas fan base will want to hang conference championship banners at the stadium, and if you're not in a conference then there's no conference championship to win.

Joining another conference doesn't work either.  They've got too much pride to follow A&M to the SEC.  Joining the Pac-12 would leave them with a joy of their closest road game being some 900 miles away.  The Big 10 isn't calling (yet), and it just doesn't make sense to pass through SEC country on your way to a road game in the ACC.

So with no other viable options, Texas' best option is to patch things up with A&M and hold the Big 12 together.  Then start looking for replacements for Nebraska and Colorado (TCU would have been a good option.....before they joined the Big East).  Houston and SMU would work to fill those slots though.




Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Mizzou-Kansas is a rivalry that has no equal
Ever heard of Duke-North Carolina? How's your foot taste?



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:37 am
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

 Aggies, I'm sorry but i knew that you were
not going to be accepeted into the conference due to your record in
the '12'. So, SEC, please send a invite to Norman, and keep sending 
them until you get a yes. 

You guys really need to quit getting your information from bloggers like Dippy Dodd. The SEC did NOT reject A&M. The SEC is not allowed to extend invitations to the Big12 teams pure and simple. When they spoke of getting their house in order it meant nothing more than leave the Big12 before we can do anything. A&M and it's fans were completely aware of this. The media jumped the gun on this before the process had a chance to get rolling. A&M took the first step towards the move on Monday by granting Bowin the power to make the move. It's going to be a long process but the move to the SEC will take place and the SEC is certainly wanting A&M regardless of what couch potatoes like Dodd post to their blogs. That being said I wouldn't be surprised at all to find the Sooners making the move right with A&M. 



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 7:42 am
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Dodd is a embarrassment to CBS Sports.



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:15 am
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

I would love for the Sooners to go to the SEC. I'm a firm believer
in the fact that the Big 12 is on its last legs and OU needs to make
a move while they can.  Aggies, I'm sorry but i knew that you were
not going to be accepeted into the conference due to your record in
the '12'. So, SEC, please send a invite to Norman, and keep sending
them until you get a yes.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

That's one day too long for scores of Aggies after Embarrassment Sunday. Your shame, ya'll, has just begun.
Oh spare me the drama, Mr. Dodd.  A&M has not lost anything with this exchange.  Not even a little face.  Regardless of how this plays out, A&M wins.  The Aggies either land in a stable, more lucrative conference, or the balance of power between Texas and the rest of the Big-12 gets evened up a bit.  Either way is an improvement for A&M, so there is no reason for shame.  So please spare us the Embarrassment Sunday bullcrap.



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The SEC is not going to invite just one team. When another team is ready to accept an invite, possibly Florida St., then the SEC will offer invites to both teams. It could possibly even be 4 teams but it won't be just 1 or 3.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The BIG XII is the only conference to have it right.  Why should Iowa St. get the same money as OU or Texas.

Who really thinks Northwestern U, should get the same paycheck as OSU...The Big 10. 



Don't kid yourself.  OSU brings in a helluva lot more money than Northwestern.  In fact, even with the Big Ten's equal split on bowl and TV revenue, OSU brings in damn near as much as Texas.  Sure, OSU could bring in more $$ yet if it had the same payout scale as the Big-12, but that is a small price to pay if it results in a conference that has been highly stable for several decades.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The schools that want out of the BIG XII, are lower tiered schools who want free money.

How in the world do you figure A&M to be a lower tiered school wanting free money? You do realize A&M is tier 1 don't you? I'm guessing you and many others on here also don't realize that OU is also wanting out of the Big 12. Let's see how well Texas does going Independent ;) 



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Who gives a poop?! When it's all said & done, the SEC will still be the most over-glorified conference in the whole U.S.[of]A., Texas A&M will be alright whether they get in or don't, many of these "expert" writers along with many of you huge-egoed fans[SEC mostly] will still be overrunning your asses with your mouths & we REAL fans will be waiting for the BCS to continue to stumble as a 'system' for declaring a "national champion" in their clearly unfair process. So, who gives a poop? Not I or anyone else who knows that a playoff is the ONLY way to get a fairly true National Champion. There is no perfect way because nothing is perfect. But having a playoff would make it close. Cool "Right on, brother!"


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