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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 14, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:45 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Texas A&M first - Virginia Tech next.... That takes them to 14 for 2012.  It's unclear on who the other two will be, but probably won't happen until 2013, so there's time to find the right match.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:31 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

pretty accurate. Texas A&M isn't looking foolish..the SEC just doesn't want to get sued because of the recently activated contract between big 12 schools...once A&M leaves the conference and pays the buyout then and only then will the SEC make the offer. This will take time obviously with the legalities. I see Texas going independent when this goes through and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State joining the SEC also leaving Baylor and Tech behind in a deserted conference.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:08 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Embarrassment Monday for Dodds.... A&M has approved the president to move forward with expansion talks... now the applicaiton gets submitted and SEC accepts.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:57 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

I thought it was a mistake by adding Texas to the Big Eight. I didn't mind the other three schools. Some people think football is the only sport in the Big 12. Basketball is a pretty big powerhouse. Mizzou-Kansas is a rivalry that has no equal.
The Big 12 needs to take a cue from professional sports. Look at the NFL. Parity is a winner. The fact that any team has a chance to be a contender in a short period of time keeps the fan base together and yields fantastic profit. To do that all NFL teams have to have an equal chance to win which is what has happened. Sure, front office goofs and decisions impact that, but so does recruiting in college. When one team is given an unequal advantage over other teams like we see in the NBA and MLB it is bad for everyone involved.
Texas has been given too much in the Big 12 and they just don't deserve it. Let's get rid of Texas and save the Big 12!

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:38 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

I really thought the predictions of A&M leaving the Big XII was 100%, lmao. Didn't anyone learn from the thousands of wrong predictions 15 months ago about conference realignments? Instead of believing rumors or making them up how bout people just wait and see what actually happens. Whats funny is in a few months there will be some other rumors pop up and these boards will have another hundred false/wrong predictions all over again. A&M should just be happy they joined the Big XII back when Texas was invited to the Big XII conference which has allowed them to grow to the giant they are today.

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:10 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Agreed.  Dodd is a Texas fan boy.  I'd love for him to do some real research.  He'd find out that it's more than just Texas A&M that want out of the Big 12.

The Big 12 is only as stable as the other teams options.  Other than OU, which seems to be Texas' prison girl, all the other teams in the Big 12 would leave the second they are offered.

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:07 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

 Why should Iowa St. get the same money as OU or Texas. 

Because, the contract that was signed for the TV revenue was signed by the BIG 12.  That means all 10 schools equally involved.  Texas and any other school has every opportunity to raise more booster funds, sell more tickets and gear, do whatever they feel necessary with their own business plan to make money.

But when a CONFERENCE makes a deal with a TV network, everyone in the CONFERENCE should get equal share of conference revenues.

Texas isn't the only team in the conference.  And without Iowa State, they don't have a Big 12 conference.  Sure, they could replace them, but that's the point.  You can't have a conference with only 1 team.  Texas MUST have someone else to play.

Equal revenue share. 

By the way, the Big 12 is falling apart.  So I wouldn't use their failed business plan to sell lemonade on the corner.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:05 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

@almightlyblog... some of you SEC guys are simply hilarious...

All of your cursing and name-calling along with your random uneducated commentary, blind allegiance and bitterness.  (Michelle Bachman and jesus, of course, would be proud!!!)

We get it... you like to win at college sports because you are a loser at everything else in life... AND I know most of you guys never actually attended these schools that you adore so much but believe me... being fat, mad and dumb is no way to go through life.  

Loosen up a bit.  Go see the world (or anything outside of Tennessee).  Go get (a non-fat) girlfriend.  Start a hobby (other than shooting guns). 

It will be okay.     

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M


1.) First off, watch your mouth.  We get that you are extremely uneducated but the swearing and name-calling just makes it too easy to discount your views.
2.) You didn't say anything that actually disproved my post - go figure - however you did completely misconstrue a few of my points.  I guess that keeps us on the "uneducated" track.
3.) As for counting on "one hand" the number of schools that wouldn't leave their present conference... try the entire Big Ten, the majority of the Pac 10 and the multiple B12 and ACC schools that have already told you NO.

Lastly, they had the "14th member" if they wanted it... it was West Virginia.  They still didn't do it.  As for it being the "best conference and especially in football"... I have no doubt about the results but why don't you guys adjust your academic, transfer and policing rules to that of the Big Ten???  You guys keep saying it won't make a difference but you won't make the change???  Yeah, that's because you know that other than Vandy, nearly every team would be lucky to field a squad.  Congratulations on being so proud of being a loser.  

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:18 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The schools that want out of the BIG XII, are lower tiered schools who want free money.  The BIG XII is the only conference to have it right.  Why should Iowa St. get the same money as OU or Texas.  ISU isn't the big draw for T.V., and T.V. is where the money is coming from.  Who do you wanna see?  OU-Texas, or ISU-KSU?????

The BIG XII is the only conference a school like BYU or Notre Dame could ever join.  They can keep their own network, do almost what they want and not have to share what legally is theirs.  Name Brand recognition is very valuable, and if a program has built that, they shouldn't have to give that away.

Who really thinks Northwestern U, should get the same paycheck as OSU...The Big 10.  Colorado equal to USC...Pac-12.  WSU equal to Stanford...Pac-12.

I mean, its basically a structure based on what you do, to get paid.  Or, a welfare system for lower tiered schools.

A&M, Nebraska, & Mizzou can't and couldn't win in the BIG XII.  Nebraska thinks (probably correctly) that they can win in the Big 10.  Colorado has no interest in its athletic department, and wanted to join a welfare style conference (so they can freeload off schools that spend).

PLEASE, DO NOT BLAME the fans or alumni of these schools!  A&M and MIZZOU fans are very good fans.  They are not like some fans that just expect everything.  They are very respectible and decent when they get a win or loss.  UNFORTUNATELY, a HANDFUL of decision makers at those schools have their own agendas, and are embarrasing their own alumni.

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