Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:55 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:00 am
By Gary Parrish
Mike Slive said on Monday that the SEC has "no immediate plans for a 14th member."
And that might be true.
But before we start preparing to watch a 13-school SEC -- i.e., the current members plus Texas A&M -- in 2012-13, I feel compelled to point out what Florida president Bernie Machen said less than a month ago after a meeting with fellow league presidents and chancellors.
"[We] met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment."
Again, Machen said that on Aug. 14.
The SEC voted to add Texas A&M just 23 days later.
We should all be careful about what we believe as this conference realignment story continues to change by the day. Don't forget that there's a reason most have long assumed the SEC would jump from 12 members to 14 members whenever it decided to jump, and a smooth-talking commissioner who specializes in semantics publicly suggesting otherwise isn't really a good reason to believe that still won't be the case.
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:46 am
By Gary Parrish
Texas A&M's move from the Big 12 to the SEC is on hold until the SEC gets assurances that no Big 12 school will sue because, suddenly, at least one Big 12 school -- specifically Baylor -- is threatening to do exactly that. My question: Why would Baylor give such an assurance?
Baylor seems, at this moment, to have one foot in Conference USA and the other on something slippery as the college landscape shifts, and if that's the case isn't it only responsible for Baylor to try to scare the Big 12 into staying together by any means necessary? I have no idea if Baylor could win such a lawsuit against the SEC, commissioner Mike Slive and/or Texas A&M because I'm not a lawyer. But what I do know is that, in this country, you can threaten to sue pretty much anybody for pretty much anything, and if the SEC and A&M want that possibility off the table before moving forward then Baylor ought to make the SEC and A&M give something in return.
Could be anything, including straight-cash homey.
But it would be foolish to take the threat of a lawsuit off the table just because the SEC asks.
So good for Baylor for standing up.
Ultimately, the school's actions will probably only stall the inevitable.
But desperate shots are worth taking when you find yourself in desperate times.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:09 am
Wannah Bail certainly has the name of a basketball player. Extremely long and athletic, Bail also has the build and body of a highly-touted prospect.
This summer, however, Bail felt he didn’t get a chance to show his full host of talents due to a toe injury.
“Not my best, especially coming off injury,” he said. “I had always felt as if I could have done something better, even after giving it my all.”
When healthy, Bail has the physical tools to be a dominant performer. Ranked No. 68 in the CBSSports.com Top 100, the 6-foot-7 power forward runs the floor extremely well and uses his strength to make plays at both ends of the court. He can get solid position for offensive post-ups, and he is a very good shot-blocker and rebounder. If he refines his offensive game, Bail could be a stud.
Bail, a native of the Bahamas, is now enrolled at Lamar Consolidated (Texas) after bouncing around a few high schools in the Lonestar State last year. His recruitment will also begin to sort itself out with coaches finally able to track him during the school season.
“It’s going good,” Bail said of his recruitment. “I’m really enjoying it.”
For now, Bail is hearing from Auburn, St. John’s, Houston, Texas Tech, Florida State, Maryland, Kansas, South Florida, Indiana, Texas A&M, Baylor, Washington State and others. All besides Kansas have offered.
Bail plans to take his recruitment slowly, but did take a visit to Houston on Saturday, when the Cougars beat UCLA in the football season opener. Michael Carey and Chicken Knowles also joined him on campus.
Don’t look for a decision soon.
“I have no favorites,” he said.
Photo: Adidas Nations
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: August 31, 2011 11:24 am
By Jeff Goodman
Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12.
After some uncertainty a month or so ago regarding the future home, the school made an official announcement today that it has notified the Big 12 it will submit an application to join another league.
That league is expected to be the SEC.
If all goes smoothly – which in the world of conference re-alignment rarely happens – the Aggies will be a part of the SEC in the 2012-13 campaign.
"After much thought and consideration, and pursuant to the action of the (Texas A&M University System) Board of Regents authorizing me to take action related to Texas A&M University's athletic conference alignment, I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference," President R. Bowen Loftin wrote to Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe in the letter dated August 31, 2011.
Certainly, this move gives the Aggies a jolt on the football side of things, joining what seems to be considered the elite football league in the country.
However, I’m not sure it makes all that much difference on the basketball side.
New coach Billy Kennedy will now have to compete against the likes of Kentucky and Florida instead of Kansas and Texas.
The bottom line is that if Kennedy is a big-time coach who can recruit at a high level (which he’s already shown in his brief tenure), he’ll be able to keep the Aggies towards the top of the league.
Whether it’s the Big 12 or the SEC.
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:49 am
By Jeff Goodman
What or who impressed him: Kennedy mentioned three guys - freshman Jordan Green, Washington transfer Elston Turner and sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson. Kennedy spoke about Greens toughness and understanding of the game, Turner's IQ and ability to make shots - and Roberson's ability to score on the block.
What concerned him: "Getting easy baskets. We're going to need to find a way to do that on the defensive end."
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:56 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 11:31 am
By Jeff Goodman
Not exactly a denial.
Remember, Texas A&M was one of the schools that was believed to be headed to the Pac-10 (now the Pac-12) last summer.
Here are my colleague, Dennis Dodd's, thoughts from the football perspective.
Now the Aggies could be using this potential move as leverage against rival Texas and this new network.
But is this truly a good move for Texas A&M?
But it would be a nice addition for the SEC.
Texas A&M basketball wouldn't benefit - as football would - from going to the SEC. The Southeastern Conference is regarded as a football league while it takes a back seat to the Big East and ACC - and maybe even the Big Ten and Big 12 - when it comes to hoops.
Right now the Big 12 is loaded in hoops. The league just lost Colorado and Nebraska, which made it stronger on the hardwood.
New Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy has inherited a strong roster, one that could contend for the league title this year. He's already proven he can land quality in-state talent - with the aid of assistants Glynn Cyprien and Kyle Keller.
Heading to the SEC, from a basketball standpoint, makes little sense.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:02 pm
The stories surrounding J-Mychal Reese have certainly not been limited. There were rumors that he and his father were a package deal, while others focused on his affection for Kansas.
On Thursday, Reese decided to stay at home and go to Texas A&M. The news was first reported by Scout.com and confirmed to CBSSports.com by two sources.
Reese, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bryan (Texas), lives a short distance from the College Station campus and has a brother who is a manager for the Aggies. Moreover, John Reese, J-Mychal’s father, could still have an assistant coach job offer on the table from new coach Billy Kennedy.
While not a pure point guard, Reese is one of the best shooters in the country. The lefty has a deadly pull-up jumper and is most effective when attacking after a jab step or ball fake. He can handle the ball and initiate offense, but is more productive when playing off the ball. Reese ranks No. 44 in CBSSports.com's Top 100.
Photo: Kelly Kline
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:07 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Keion Bell wants to play at a higher level.