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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, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:57 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:53 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

I remember the time when ESPN predicted that the Big 12 would be down to 5 or so teams by the end of the day.  And then, almost none of them left.  I always thought journalists were supposed to have sources, not guesses.  But in this world of twitter and having to get the info out first (remember the Lebron and 'Melo sagas?), it seems that any shred of journalistic intergrity was forgotten when these dopes starting typing their 140 character guesses and then broadcasting them onto major networks.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:52 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Bottom line: not even the SEC would double cross Texas.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:38 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Left at the alter or never was an engagement? Naturally, any woman would like to pick their groom. But the groom has a say so. And they are saying, "We never even dated you." Is the woman too ugly or not up to standards. How embarrassing indeed.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:36 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

If I'm the PAC-12, I instantly offer A&M, OU, OSU and MIZZ a place at the table. This move would make sense for THREE reasons:

1) Take the initiative in the inevitable "super-conference" sweepstakes. 

2) Force the TV networks/BCS to up the ante. (i.e. cough up more ca$h,)

and most importantly.....

3) Freeze out UT and force them into going Independant.  

UT deserves to be left with their c*cks swinging in the breeze after being so arrogant the last few seasons. G.Doyel's article regarding this exact subject is must read material. Go ahead UT, go independant. The rest of the country DARES you!  

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:30 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Seriously Dodd, had did you get this job?  The question should actually be "how do you KEEP your job?" 

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:26 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Hey Dodd, are you going to retract this once you understand why the SEC didn't extend an offer today but they do later this week?

Don't quit your day job. 

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:22 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

There's a reason why ESPN tagged a network for UT. There's a maket for it.

Really, there's a market for it?  Where is the market for LHN exactly?  The network is supposed to launch in twelve days, and have yet to see any provider announce that they'll carry it.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:13 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

There is no way to spin this one Aggies.  It is embarassiing.  You guys talked so much trash and badmouthed the Big 12.  Every step of the way Texas fans urged caution for you guys to think through the haphazard plan.  But, you could not resist the nonstop verbal jabs.  Now, you have to sheepishly hope the Big 12 decides to go easy on you.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:57 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The SEC is the most dominant conference and most lucrative because it has its is dotted and ts crossed. It is prepared better than any other, as our its programs. It'll take A&M when it's ready.

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