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Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 4:24 pm
 
Sometimes the spouse is the last to know.

As obvious as Texas A&M's shameless affair with the SEC has been, it was still a bit disconcerting to see it admitted in writing Thursday afternoon. A&M president R. Bowen Loftin officially notified the Big 12 that his school is "exploring our options." 

If you need to be hit over the head, we'll go ahead and say it: A&M wants a divorce and marry into the SEC, but it wants to keep things civil. There are children involved -- eight of them if you don't count Texas which is an otherworldly mega-force


We've known for weeks that Aggies everywhere would rather change into formalwear, than stay in the Big 12. It's a University of Texas thing and you're not expected to understand it fully but a multi-million deal with ESPN to launch a network has something to do with it.

This starts the official process of A&M leaving its not-exactly-life partners in the Big 12. Now comes the potentially ugly legal part. According to Big 12 bylaws (these are dated but still relevant), departing schools must give two years' notice.

Short answer: That probably ain't happenin' with A&M. If the school gives less than a year's notice, which seems likely here, it must forfeit 90 percent of two years' worth of payouts. That comes to approximately $30 million. Consider that a starting point for negotiations between the school and league.

By the way, Nebraska paid $9.2 million to move to the Big Ten, basically 50 percent of a year's payout. Colorado paid approximately $6 million.

Then there is the question of whether the Big 12 wants to claim tortuous interference on the part of the SEC. Street term: Poaching. That's what that SEC presidents meeting was about a couple of weeks ago. I was told the presidents huddled with SEC lawyers to determine the best legal path.

Texas A&M has to extricate itself legally from the Big 12 before it jumps into, ahem, bed with the SEC.

Loftin wrote " ... If Texas A&M withdraws ... we want to do so in a way that complies with the bylaws and is supportive of your efforts to seek a new member ..."

That made the letter seem official and legal but was it final? Remember, "If Texas A&M withdraws ..."

Doesn't anybody care about the kids?




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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

but when A&M looks at their record against the University of TEXAS in each and every sport, male and female, they only have to travel up the road a fe miles to Austin to answer the question: Who's Your Daddy?


Hey forty ouncer,

Yes the ALL-TIME record is very heavily in t.u.s favor but....My grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather dont watch football anymore.  You should be so proud of the established t.u. beating a fledgeling A&M back in late 1800s & 1900s.  Hope those long ago victories keep you warm at night. 

Why don't you look at recent history?  I started watching football in the mid 70s.  Can you tell me what the football record is between A&M & t.u. since 1975?  How about 19 - 17 and no your horns don't have the 19. So, WHOSE YOUR DADDY?



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Every year the majority of the nation ends the year complaining about how the current  system is run and how it arrives at its national champion. Its the only sport within the NCAA that this seems to happen time and time again. Every D1 school should be able to be given that legitimate chance of winning it all. Thats why we play and watch in the first place. I have diagramed a scheme that just might work. By keeping intact most of the current system (such as Bowl games and Polling) while creating 6 super conferences. The money distribution will be as is now, but exposure will create more money for the smaller teams in this system. Hopefully this diagram will help with something in the future. I hope it will, as for the most of us, this is what we would love to see....  This is my link to the diagram: http://www.collegefootballrealignme

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:24 am
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Too much history and tradition (and money) to allow that to happen.  Besides, if UT hadn't tried to push A&M around, this wouldn't have come to pass.  As a result, our next move will be our best move.

You keep sucking on that Longhorn tit if you want to.  We prefer to drink our milk from the (SEC) carton.



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:59 am
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Maybe they want them academically to correctly spell words like parity.  Or perhaps as you stated, they really do need a program to come in and provide a mocking imitation as some sort of levity to lighten things up a bit in the overly tense SEC.



Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:41 am
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

astromanic,

Its not necessarily about improving the conference.  If you accept the fact that 16 team conferences are inevitable, and it seems many people do, your best bet is probably to act now and get who you would want if you absolutely needed to expand, rather than wait and get stuck with leftovers.  They would be weaker in the near future than they are now, but not as weak as they could end up being if things don't fall their way.

Furthermore, even if you don't think the super conferences are inevitable, you have to ask yourself how much you trust the other conferences not to expand anyway based on the same logic of not being stuck holding the bag.  Philosophically its the prisoner's dilemna- everyone might be better off as is, but if one person takes the initiative, you end up being screwed.  So its in your best interest to act even if the ideal situation is not to, because you can't control (or trust) what others are doing.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:14 am
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

A couple weeks ago Dodd wrote an article headlined by the "embarrassment" of A&M upon the SEC board members declaring that they had no plans for changes to their conference. The article was chock full of cut downs to A&M for being the petulant child of the big xii. It took about thirty minutes for those in the know to clarify that the SEC declaration of not changing their makeup was just a legal maneuver to avoid litigation by the big xii.


Does Dodd fess up for having a quick trigger and making a big deal about how "embarrassed" A&
M should be? No. Instead he writes:

"Then there is the question of whether the Big 12 wants to claim tortuous interference on the part of the SEC. Street term: Poaching. That's what that SEC presidents meeting was about a couple of weeks ago. I was told the presidents huddled with SEC lawyers to determine the best legal path.

Texas A&M has to extricate itself legally from the Big 12 before it jumps into, ahem, bed with the SEC."


Not only does he not fess up. Two weeks after we all have known the sec declaration was a legal maneuver, Dodd holds himself out as some type of insider with the "I was told the presidents huddled..." comment.


Unless I missed another Dodd article on this, Dodd comes off as a clueless bonehead lacking the integrity to admit that he missed on this one two weeks ago. Pretty sad.       
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Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:00 am
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Come on AM, stick around. I don't want to see the Big 12, WAC or any other conference blow up.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:54 am
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Care about the Kids?! College sports are making me sick lately. The money grubbing by these universities but God forbid I take a kid out to dinner! Do they think the Student/Atheletes live in a vaccum? They see their presidents chasing every dollar and while they do have a good deal there are not real dollars involved. So if you are at Texas and you see a Longhorn Network and you play volleyball now it is not just the football and basketball teams that are generating income. C'mon money and ESPN (yeah I said) are ruining college sports.



Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Tortious....not tortuous; though, when it is all said and done, it will have been tortuous.   :)



Again, I look forward to having A&M in the SEC, should that be what happens!   



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

SEC would be improved if they admitted TAM?? Really?? Why? Did they just want an "in" into Texas recruiting without having to worry about bringing in a tough program that would create parody? I can see why A&M would want into the SEC, just can't grasp why the SEC wants them. They are already bringing in loads of cash and success, this just makes everyone's current slice of the pie smaller. Nothing against the good folk in College Station, but for the current SEC members, this addition equates into subraction. It makes no sense whatsoever.


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