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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: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The last (legal) championship for a Pac 12 school came in what decade?

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:15 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The Partner is Virginia Tech. 

Getting Back to the story at hand, the SEC cannot offer Texas A&M a membership until they part from the Big 12 Period. I thought everyone knew that, especially those folks who are paid to comment on it (a-hem, where did CBS find this clown?)

Anyway, look for the A&M trustees to be making some hard decisions in the next few days. If they have the stomach to split from the Big 12, the SEC just indicated they'd grab 'em.

(Gees Dod, you aught to learn to read!!!)

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:13 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Dodd - I thought it was just ESPN that looked stupid in the reporting of this event.  Your research on this topic is a joke.  NOBODY said that A&M would be joining the SEC today.  It will happen within the next 2 to 3 weeks.  The Aggie BOR is meeting tomorrow to still vote on giving the right to submit an application.  The SEC doesn't give out invitations in fear of meddling and becoming part of a lawsuit.  Good God - get your research done before showing your poor jounalism skills.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:00 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

You'all are too funny.(Dodd incl)---Exactly how the Huskers leaving started......1st they were-then they weren't-then.....well, you know the rest of the story. UT==Bevo BS for brains.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:57 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

John Marinatto on line 2

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:57 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Lets not brag about 2 Kansas Cities,one is little (and in Cansass) and other is big and in Missouri. Buckle up Big 12! Go Tigers

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:54 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

in the end the SEC couldnt find enough to teams that would agree to expansion because of uncertainy on who the potential 14th team might be. florida (fsu) South Carolina (clemson) Kentucky, Tennesee and Vandy (wva,vt) could be diminished by another sec east team. thank god common sense still exists (for now).

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:48 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

I also think that once it happens TCU will want to get out of it's deal with the Big East because the Big 12 would be well served to try and bring them in maybe even Houston or Air Force (Once they lose Missouri too).
And I don't acre what anyone says, TCU is a "Christian" school in name only and is nothing like BYU who makes students & athletes sign a conduct pledge.
They may like to think of themselves as "Christian" and they well may have those values & morals but they will NOT let it "hurt" their football program and the revenue possibilities membership in the Big 12 would bring.
I also think that travel expenses wise and fans coming to your games travel wise it makes sense for them to be in the Big 12 versus the Big East and that cost would more than ogffset any money they may need to payu the Big East to be let out of their commitment.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:44 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

Here is an example of the type of journalism that peoplel like to read.  His opinion is based on fact.  It is unbiased, neutral, and refreshing.  Basically, he writes circles around you because you are unable to use rational thought, or more likely, you intentionally twist fact.  Read the example.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:43 pm

Embarrassment Sunday for Texas A&M

The SEC didn't become the best football conference in the country by doing things impulsively.
They will still invite A&M to join the conference but will do so when they have also extended invitations to Missouri, Florida State, Clemson and or Virginia Tech as in when they do expand they will make one big announcement and give the details fo where the teams will live division wise as well.
They would LOVE to have a presence in Texas because it will make their rights fees rise and give the schools a foothold in the state recruiting wise even more than Texas neighbor Arkansas currently provides them.
I am sure they would LOVE to get Florida State because it's a marquee program and they would lock up recruiting from South Carolina to Orlando maybe even Miami.
Florida might fight them on it and if they do and win then they could look to Virginia tech who would help get them into the Dc market which also puts them on the edge of the Northeast corridoir.
Clemson would help lock up the coast up to VT and Missouri gets them into the midwest and into both Kansas Citie's as well.
This story is FAR from over, A&M need not be "embarrassed" all this means is that the conference doesn't want to add teams piecemeal but rather with one big dramatic announcement.
Hang in there Aggie fans soon you'll be SEC members and you better be ready to buckle those chin straps!

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