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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: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:45 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Mr. Dodd,

The only embarassment here is your stupid comments, Oh wait, that is not an embarassment, just the norm!  Yes there were many people reporting in nearly every legitimate and illegitemate outlet that A&M was destined for the SEC sooner than later.  The only difference after the SEC meeting on Sunday is that it is not going to happen quite so soon.

For you te speculate that the message from the SEC is Texas A&M get your house in order, is a more speculative statement than any of the reporting leading up to Sunday that indicated the Aggies would be in the SEC by the end of today.  The announcement made by the SEC was simply that they were not extending any invitaion for expansion right now, but they obviously left the door open.  The more sensible interpretation of that statment is that the SEC does not want to make a move to 13 teams, but rather wants to either make the jump to 16 or the very least keep things even when they are ready for their expansion announcement.

This announcement may not come until next summer, but it will come.  Obviously A&M was hoping for the faster track, but the SEC was unable to find another school on the same track in order to keep the conference at an even number.  One only has to look at the Big Ten operating with 11 teams for nearly 20 years to see how difficult the scheduling aspect can be with an uneven number.

Blasting A&M for wanting what is best for that university and its fans is plain stupid.  Wait and see what comes of this next summer!

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:24 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The SEC wants A&M to "get its house in order"... what in the world could that mean?!?!? Well, here is a list of things it CAN'T mean:

- the university's academic endeavors - A&M is hardly a scholastic juggernaut however it would still rank in the top 1/3 of the SEC (which is more or less a conference of extremely large junior colleges).

- the university's athletic endeavors - well, they can't say that either. A&M's football program is at least a middle-to-upper tier player in the SEC.  And while its basketball program is hardly stellar, the SEC is pretty horrible in general. Its football and basketball stadium capacities (see: money) are also up to snuff.

- the university's ethical codes and standards - A&M is hardly a choir boy, hence, they should fit in just fine with the SEC - they will probably even learn a thing or two (about dirty recruiting, JC transfers, ignoring internal drug testing, etc).

So, in other words, it’s not books, or sports or track record... that can only mean one thing... they just got used. Used as bait to try and coax another school into the mix or simply got used for their own feedback (kind of like asking a girl to the dance for no reason other than to see if she'll say "yes").

Regardless of how you see it, this was a trash move by SEC - no real surprises there. Sadly, A&M is so desperate to leave the B12 they are afraid to "speak ill" of this treatment for fear of losing any future (see $$$) commitment.

Does any of this sound familiar CBS?  Lord knows you suck up to them enough.  Mike Slime is indeed an evil genius.


Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:12 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Texas A&M like to take it up the A S S. Im glad their mouths have been violated.


Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:07 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Rocker1018, The SEC does want A&M.  Dodd has called this an "embarrassment".  He is off the mark.  The statement released by the SEC was purely and simply a legal statement crafted to prevent the conference from being held accountable for any exit penalty any team may have by leaving their present conference for the SEC or prevent them from any type of liable lawsuit.  The SEC will not raid another conference.  Now, assuming A&M holds its meeting today and follows through with exiting the Big XII, they become "independent".  At that point, the SEC would extend the offer.  Although the Presidents of the SEC institutions held a meeting and made a public statement, you can bet your next payday that the SEC lawyers were there too and made sure the group did what they did.  The story is not over yet.  Its just too complicated to be done in a matter of days.  The media needs to stop overhyping the rumors and stop overhyping the "denial" statements as well.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:12 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Let me tell you what's the truth. I said it before and I say it again, and again. This entire mess (and it is a mess) began when Texas caused the reallignment of the conference. It coveted an annual game with Oklahoma and, as a consequence, put Nebraska and Oklahoma in different sections which meant they didn't play each other every year. The Nebraska/Oklahoma game (for you too young to remember) was THE national game of the year for many years. Since then Nebraska was looking for a way out and they certainly found one. Now, and I say this will all certainty, because of Texas the whole conference is in a mess.

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:44 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

This is exactly what A&M gets for trying to be TEXAS HATERS. They are like an annoying little sibling who saw us get a new toy(TV Deal), got jealous, cried to mom(in this case the SEC), and got told to sit down AND Shut Up! Sooooooooo Funnyyyyyyyyy

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:54 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The SEC is trying to save face with the comments.  If the conference had one or three other schools lined up this would not have happened.  The SEC will expand and A&M will be part of it when the time comes.

Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:38 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

To say that A&M stinks on the field is a bit of a stretch. Apparently, they are preseason top ten. Having said that, they have more respect now than all but two other Big XII schools, including Texas. Ole Miss is at the very, very bottom of our conference - right by Vandy. And I hate that for them, but they are the ones who hired Nutt to be their coach. When they get a new coach, they'll be pretty decent again.   

Look, all I know is that A&M gave my HOGS all they could handle last season. That happened in five games, and we lost three of them to the defending national champs, the eventual national champs and tOSU. A&M is a solid program on the rise.    

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:30 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

SEC should want Texas A&M. They have a great fan base and suck on the field, so the big SEC teams will have another patsy to beat to pad their records. A&M might compete with Ole Miss, though!

Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:24 am

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Completely false.  Nebraska was one of the "haves" in the old Big 12.  Texas, OU, aTm, and Nebraska received more of the revenue pie than the other schools off the top, and then the TV money was split based on appearances on TV...guess which four led that category?  Here's all you need to know.  In order to change TV revenues, or change league by-laws, a 9-3 vote was required, which was absurd when you look at what other conferences do in such instances.  The idea of equal revenue distribution came up frequently, and was always voted down 8-4.  Nebraska was making as much as UT.  They left because they could never beat Texas, and would never be the program that Texas was.  If taking your ball and going home crying is takes "huge nutz", then yeah, Nebraska has "huge nutz".  To basically screw over their fanbase, who will find it slightly more difficult getting 15000 fans in the stands at Happy Valley, The Horseshoe, Madison, and the Big House as opposed to Lawrence, Manhattan, and Ames, all while killing their traditionally strong baseball program and making their traditionally strong Volleyball program no longer the big dogs in their own conference, is very short sighted.  In 5 years, NU will find the grass wasn't as green as it appeared, especially since they will forever be the backwoods whipping boy of the true higher education schools, the AAU certified Big 10, which they are not.

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