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Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

Posted on: September 24, 2011 5:54 pm
 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Consider the Aggies departed to the SEC.

Texas A&M president R. Bowden Loftin told CBSSports.com Saturday he expects the Aggies to be in the SEC "shortly".  After joining a Big12 presidents' conference call this week, Loftin said the Big 12 is committed to going forward "without us."

"I think the legal issues are basically gone," said Loftin speaking at halftime of the Oklahoma State-A&M game.

He was referring to four Big 12 schools that retained their rights to possibly sue the SEC if A&M leaves.  Baylor had been heading up that effort since early September when former commissioner Dan Beebe wrote SEC commissioner Mike Slive that all hurdles had been cleared for A&M to join the SEC.

A&M could be playing its first game as an SEC member (actual membership begins July 1) next Saturday against Arkansas in Arlington, Texas.

"Look at what’s happened this past week," Loftin said. "The action on Tuesday night by the Pac-12 has led to the Big 12, minus us, being in place. I joined the teleconference on Thursday evening of the Big 12 directors. They were firmly committed to going forward without us with nine teams."

CBSSports.com reported earlier Saturday that Texas A&M officials considered the SEC membership to be resolved quickly. Loftin was asked directly if he expects A&M to be in the SEC by next Saturday.

"I expect to be in the SEC soon," he said.

Loftin said he would listen to a plea from interim commissioner Chuck Neinas to keep the Aggies in the Big 12, but didn't sound hopeful.

“He’s an icon in our world, you know that," Loftin said "I’d be willing to talk to Chuck anytime he wants to be talk to me. But we’ve made a very firm decision about our future here and we’re going to stick with it. What more can I say?"

On Friday, Neinas said he would try to contact A&M but considered them gone to the SEC. He also said he expects Missouri to stay in the Big 12.  

Loftin spoke exclusively to CBSSports.com and the Dallas Morning News. 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big 12, SEC, Texas A&M
 
Comments

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:08 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

Hahaha, a Texas fan saying TAMU will be worse off. If anything, they are worse off now. Recruits could go play for Texas, who is in a conference that is falling apart and you have no idea where they will end up, or you could go to TAMU, play in the SEC, play against the best in a nation, and you will get noticed. Play for Texas, get on the LHN and are seen by about 3 dozen people, or go to the SEC where you are talked about over and over again on any and every network.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:53 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

A&M's move is one of delusion.  In the SEC, they will find that a .500 football season will be the best case scenario.  Baseball and basketball will be under great pressure as well to have success.  They are already out-recruited in the state of Texas by UT, Oklahoma, and LSU.  If anything, A&M is cutting off their nose to spite their face.  They will now be out-recruited by the above mentioned along with Arkansas, Alabama, and Auburn (possibly a few more like TCU).  A&M will become even less competitive than they have been.  So "waving bye-bye" does seem appropriate for the title of this article.



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:46 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

I will be attending a game in College Station this October, I cant wait. I doubt highly that it will measure up to what I experienced when I was in Austin...A&M, WHAT A BUNCH OF BABIES!!! WWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, The Univ. of Texas has a Longhorn Network, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, let's go to another conference......5-7/6-6/7-5, good luck chumps!



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:26 am
 

good riddance

Let A&M go, they have not been a significant program in 20 years.  I hardly believe that losing a team that is as mediocre as A&M will have a profound impact on the rest of the conference.  As long as Texas and Oklahoma stay in place then all is well.  Goodbye Aggies, the SEC will enjoy your 6-5 seasons and ridiculous traditions.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 6:50 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

LOL....you forgot LSU's, too.

A&M; "almost" and "maybe".  I hope the little aggies don't expect to play UT in any sport while DeLoss is running the show.  The man is on record saying that would be "problematic".

So now they'll be Arkansas' and Alabama's biatch instead of Texas and Oklahoma's. I guess the advantage is, they won't have to hear about it so much at the local diner.




Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 4:01 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

How about six 14-team BCS conferences?

The BCS should designate their own conferences and encourage six 14-team conferences whose champions would play in the BCS Bowls.  Here's how it would work:

ACC - At 14 teams now should stay put they have a potentially good conference.

Atlantic:
Clemson, Wake Forest, Maryland, BC, FSU, NCST, & Syracuse

Coastal:
GT, Duke, UNC, VT, Virginia, Miami, & Pitt  

SEC - They are on track to get 14 teams - Texas A&M & Missouri - increases their television market, academics, & recruiting grounds

East:
Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, SCAR, Vandy, Georgia, & Missouri

West:
Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Miss St, LSU, Arkansas, & Texas A&M

Big TEN - With the need to be in a BCS conference Notre Dame finally joins and the Big TEN then also accept Rutgers to solidfy a huge New Jersey and NYC television market thanks to having Rutgers, ND, Michigan & PSU (all universities popular in NYC).

Leaders:
Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, & Rutgers

Legends:
Michigan, Nebraska, Mich State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa, & Notre Dame

Pac 14 - From the Pac 12 after adding eager Oklahoma & Ok State.  They match the Pac system well and are strong competitive advantages without Texas baggage.

North:
Washington, Wash State, Oregon, Oregon St, Stanford, California, & Utah

South:
USC, UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, & Ok State

Big East & Big XII merge to form:
Big Central - the two (now) 7-team conferences merge to form one with Texas as their flagship.

East:
UConn, WVU, Louisville, Villanova, Cincinnati, South Florida, & Iowa State

West:
Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas, & Kansas State

Mountain West - Acquire BYU back, Nevada, Fresno St, & Hawaii in addition to getting Navy & Army as football only programs to form the 6th and final BCS conference flagshipped by Boise State & BYU.

East:
Air Force, CSU, Wyoming, New Mexico, Army, & Navy

West:
Boise State, UNLV, SDSU, BYU, Nevada, Fresno State, & Hawaii

These 6 conferences would form the BCS league where the play for the chance to play in the BCS national championship (all other Universities would be FBS or FCS only).  BCS rankings would remain the same where #1 & #2 are the most important and all that matters.  Below is a breakdown of how the 5 BCS Bowls would be played:

The first 2 BCS Bowls would match the conference champions who are not ranked #1 or #2 (i.e. say SEC Champ BCS #1 & Big TEN Champ BCS #2)

BCS Bowl: i.e. Big Central (3rd highest ranked conf. champ) vs. i.e. MWC (6th highest ranked conf. champ)  &
BCS Bowl
: i.e. ACC (4th highest ranked conf. champ) vs. i.e. Pac-14 (5th highest ranked conf. champ)

The second 2 BCS Bowls would match the winners of the previous games up with BCS #1 & #2

BCS Bowl: Big TEN (#2) vs. Big Central  &  BCS Bowl:  SEC (#1) vs. ACC

The BCS National Championship game would match the winners of the previous games

BCS National Championship Game:  SEC vs. Big TEN

This allows 84 teams to play the season with every game mattering and a playoff all in one with deserving teams in a conference of 14 teams each.  BCS League teams would also be in the FBS system, but FBS teams would not be in the BCS system.  This model would seeming solve a lot of college football issues with minimal side effects.    &nb
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 1:58 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

Picking up Mizzou, I would miss the Auburn/LSU game being played annually, but I would love it if Auburn could go back to some of its pre-1990 rivalries; namely Tennessee and Florida. Of course, the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama would become each team's cross-division rivalry game, which means that the Tennessee/Alabama game would be lost each year, but I'd be willing to sacrifice that to bring back the old SEC rivalries. The only other SEC West team I look forward to Auburn playing every year is Mississippi State, because the Bulldogs always seem to play the Tigers close, but I don't think I'll bat an eye in the years that Auburn wouldn't have a game against Ole Miss or Arkansas.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 1:11 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

BYE BYE and good to know some of you !!!
I have this feeling The Marriage is NOI over. . . . 



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:40 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

According to this list () there are quite a few higher ranked SEC colleges than Missouri -- including Auburn.



Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:09 am
 

Wave bye-bye to Aggies; All in for SEC

Auburn cant hold Mizzous jock?Auburn is only average in football?..what,you poor ignorant soul,Auburn is a top 12 all time winning football program with 2 claimed national titles and 7 others they could claim,like bama & Michigan.AU has three Heisman winners and Heisman coached at Auburn.AU has 3 perfect seasons since 1993,how many does Mizzou have?Cant hold mizzous jock strap,wow.Auburn also has one of the best swiming & diving programs in the nation that both women and mens teams have won several ncaa titles over the years.Auburn baseball is always solid and they are getting better after last years re-building season and coach P will keep them going strong.Auburn has one year under new coach Barbee in b-ball and he is recruting very well with his second year beautiful arena.AU golf and equestrian are also great squads.So all in all the athletic department at Auburn is rock solid and AU is a top 5 earning school from sports.I like mizzou but please dont come on here and just lie because your feelings were hurt.


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