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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
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.


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:34 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

You can forget a great conference like the Pac-12 going for nobody school like Texas A&M and that's for sure.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:30 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

This story is far from over.  A&M has other options among them is the Pac 12, Big East.  A&M wants a better deal than the one they have in the University of Texas League. If I was U of Texas I would be very concerned. I think that Oklahoma will bolt and take some schools with them. I see Oklahoma going to the Pac 12 and make it the Pac 16. Texas A&M needs to make a decision now or be forced to take a Big East bid or Big 10 bid

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:29 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

lol.....i remember as a kid my best fried was into this wwwfcw wrestling show and the used to be this guy always telling people to know your role. perhaps tamu should just just accept the role of that red headed step child.Tongue out

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The embarrassment will be when A&M meets monday, applies for membership to the SEC, and is later accepted.  At that point, people will remember poorly researched, knee-jerk attempts at journalism like this.  Either you are so clueless that you do not realize the legal necessity to create a process where A&M chooses the SEC instead of the SEC enticing A&M away from the Big 12, or you are intentionally smearing the reputation of A&M.  Either way, you are the one that should be embarrassed.  The fact is, A&M is leaving the Big 12.   The SEC is making a smart move by making A&M come to them.    The SEC will not pass up the opportunity only to have it fall in the lap of the Big 10 or Pac 12.  They are just handling it methodically.  Expansion was discussed today by the SEC presidents and a process was approved.  The ball is in A&M's court now.  If they walk away from the big 12 and apply, the SEC will accept them.  I will copy and paste your poorly researched, ill advised article all over the web and make sure to credit you in bold and CAPS LOCK.  It is time for journalism to return to the sporting world and for writers like you to hesitate long enough to gather the facts and employ logic before they attempt to make Tuxedo and Prom Date analogies.  I still think the American Sports fan, given someone to shed the light on a biased journalist, can still hold you accountable and stop reading your trash.  It is sad that CBS Sports cannot hold its writers accountable for being hasty to write innacurate articles.  If i were not so busy defending the same country that allows you to make an ass of yourself in print, I would come take your job myself.  If I had one credible source it would be one more than you have. 

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Bookmark this one, Dodd, to remind you not to write while you are day-drinking on the weekend. You obviously didn't think this one through too well. I expect a full 'mea culpa' about you showing your ass like this once actual events transpire next week. You're pathetic. Wow.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:27 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Give it up dirt farmers. There is NO positive way to spin this for A&M. There is no silver lining. It is a HUGE embarrassment. Texas A&M just became the poster child for premature ejaculation. Wow. What morons. Not only are they the laughing stock in the state of Texas, now they are a laughing stock nation wide. Geez. A&M should seriously consider dropping football after this debacle.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:22 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

keeping away from a lawsuite is a good idea. They obviously do not want another team from the big 12 to avoid being labled the killers of that conference. If I am the bIG 12, it is time to pull in BYU andAir Force to show A&M the conference is no longer deluted. The only problem is BYU will not leave. Radio just reported that they will be on espn 11 times this year. WHAT??? BYU??? 11 TIMES?!?!?!....and they have the rights to show the game again later that evening on their own network channel. No one can give them anything better. not even the SEC. Thost also said BYU will average a base of 1 mil per game and that does not include the bonus from espn which depending on the ratings can be anywhere between 500 thousand to a cap of 1.5. Then they get the commercial money from their own network. Radio host said many business companies are lining up to advertise. So... how do you kill a sleeping giant? bring it into the big 12 and have them realize what a conference can to for them. On their own making 20mil a season is not right for a mediocre team. this needs to stop now with that kind of deal. Texas, OU, and others will see 30-50 mil a season if byu can do 20. But why not colorado st or sandiego st. ? My jayhawks need this conference. lets right the ship in fireing bebee and get two moreto move forward. we have a chance here to keep A&m...ok a very slim on but still a chance. lets at least be ready. get byu now! we have to show the media we are proactive and then we will command respect. I would also like to see TCU but i hear baylor said they wil block that move. but it is already bad enough with this true champion round robin crap.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:21 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Oklahoma holds the cards where they go so does OSU , A&M and Mizzu. maybe this deal did not work because it was not a package deal

Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:13 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Then you're not paying attention to past practice. The PAC, especially the Northern California schools do not want non secular schools as part of their membership. BYU will never happen. Texas doesn't have incentive to alter its network deal, so they won't. OU realizes their best prospects are tied to Texas. By those two keeping control of their fiefdom, the road to a possible National Championship game goes up dramatically. This only falls apart if A&M and Missouri leave, and Missouri isn't quite as daring as they were the first time around. This will last until the Big XII renegotiates their first tier rights. We'll see how angry everyone is after they have been taking in 20 million a year for the next 3 to 4 years with the prospects of increasing that take.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:01 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

I could see Scott re-opening negotations with Texas, or maybe, just maybe: Offer spots in the Pac-12 (16?) to OU, OSU, and BYU (HUGE national following). Renegotiate the TV deal, and give Texas and A&M a take-it-or-leave-it, first-one-to-say-yes-gets-it offer.

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