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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?

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:07 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Hello Big Ten. Will you accept this call?

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:35 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Me too, they are cowards if they do

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:03 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

I just hope that Texas refuses to play A&M after this.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:31 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

I hope you wear your women's basketball national championship t-shirts with pride among your academic and cultural peers in the SEC.

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:27 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Two paragraphs down, you will see and understand the Aggies and their feelings towards the University of Texas @ Austin and the people of ESPN.  "Who's your daddy?" What have you done lately?  The Aggies won multiple NATIONAL CHAMIONSHIPS recently.  Yeah maybe not a a football one since the late 30s (1939), but TAMU is in an upswing Athletically and Scholastically.  Texas needs a team like A&M and Tech and Baylor, so they can always use their past against any argument.  Apparently, the 2006 Rose Bowl trumps any and all other sporting events in the NCAA. 

It is the right time to excuse ourselves from a conference built around Texas, and show the nation what we can do without the EVIL EMPIRE.
The arrogance of Austin (school and students) is up their with Notre Dame, USC, and many others. 

The Big 12 will fail and Texas will scramble to bring in SMU (another pushover or yes man) or Houston.  COntinue to do what they do until someone else like the Aggies can stand on their own two feet and do something about it.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:24 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Who's your Daddy?  You just wasted 20 seconds of my life.  Goes to show reputation means nothing on this board.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:06 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

The Big 12 is dead. Everyone is going to start looking around for cover now. If you don't have a big TV market in your state, you're screwed!

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:05 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

Aggie grad and former cheerleader, Texas Governor Rick Perry, liked to talk about the state's right to sucede from the Union.  After all, we joined by treaty since we were an independent republic.   Maybe it is just an Aggie thing but he seems gung ho about his alma mater joining the SEC.  Former Gov, the late Ann Richards, was a Baylor alum and made sure the Waco private Baptist school got into the Big 12 when SMU and TCU were more attractive athletically and academically.  The Aggies are like a child who upon finding out he is adopted begin to search for his birth parents.  A&M finding a home in the SEC may stop the whining we in the Big 12 are tired of, 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?

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:44 pm
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Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:36 pm

Texas A&M begins Big 12 divorce proceedings

ESPN has their nose in everything about sports and I am sick of it.  They are ruining it with their influence.

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