A&M to the SEC: Didn't We Just Have this Conversation?

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The grand ol' Southwest Conference lived to be 80. The Big 12 Conference may die a teenager.

Only 17 and just a year removed from turmoil that left it with just 10 teams but supposedly unity and cohesion, the conference is again this morning reeling with the news that Texas A&M -- irked by the ESPN Longhorn Network -- has rekindled its flirtation with the Southeastern Conference.

Confirmed Texas Gov. and former Aggie yell leader Rick Perry: "As far as I know, conversations are being had."

What. The. What?!

It was just 14 months ago that the Big 12 barely escaped lethal injection.

Last June Nebraska bolted for the Big 10 and Colorado left for the Pac 10. But just when it looked like Texas was headed west as well, Big 12 commish Dan Beebe stepped in with more cash thanks to a pledge from ABC and Fox. Beebe ultimately lured the Longhorns to stay by guaranteeing Texas, Oklahoma and A&M $25 million year and the right to pursue their own TV networks.

Said Beebe in my Observer column from June 24, 2010: "We've got more cohesion than ever."

But now A&M is suddenly pissed at Texas' Longhorn Network. It's an unfair advantage, they scream. Somehow it took the Aggies a year to realize the ramifications of such a network and -- given that they don't have the sex appeal to create their own network -- they've now decided to whine. And possibly leave.

Again.

A&M president R. Bowen Loftin acknowledges that there is "uncertainty" with his school's future in the Big 12.

Said Beebe, "There are a significant number of Aggie supporters who are interested in going that direction."

A&M, of course, would get its shaved head handed to it in the SEC. Just ask Arkansas. I see the SEC's gain of adding Texas and big TV markets in Houston and Dallas. But the Aggies should've seen this coming.

A year ago a potential Longhorn Network was part of the Big 12's stay of execution. Now it may be the death sentence.

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PlanoDave
PlanoDave

See ya later, Aggies.

Who has a call in to TCU to see if they would rather play closer to home instead of in a Basketball conference?

Mishon
Mishon

Im at the deathstar right now and Armen is cheesier and cornier than I thought he would be as an emcee. And I thought he would be pretty cheesy and corny.

Sybils beaver
Sybils beaver

Fuck all this shit, blow the motherfucker up, send the sips the dick the pricks and all the spare texas schools right up in me. Boy I need a big toy rammed in my twat. Quiver me clit

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

The aggies are all butthurt that Texas got a network? They hollered enough that they won't be carrying HS games, what else is their problem? If you want to follow the lead of Ark and Neb then tear ass and head on over to the SEC. If they will still have you and you can get out of your present commitments to the Big 12. I wonder if there are any contractual obligations they would have to pay to escape. Sounds a whole lot like Rick Perry throwing red meat to a rabid fanbase about the same time he decides he too wants to run for El Presidente. If they are seriously considering this option, fine by me, don't let the door hit you on the way out.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

this conference is done, and good luck TU on your own, yeah you'll survive a while with your own network, but since it seems to only be on 1 provider, well good luck with that.  eff A&M too, its too bad we cant have the old Big 8 back, or at least they all join the big 10. 

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

It's so weird to see sports content on this blog.

Timbo
Timbo

A&M, a school near and dear to my family and my heart, has enjoyed the same levels of state funding and facilities and a similar enrollment as Texas. A&M produces a similar base of self-proclaimed rabid alumni as Texas. A&M enjoys the same TV markets as Texas. So why is A&M so far behind UT's marketing, promotional and financial standing in the Big 12? Why can't A&M land its own TV network? These questions get brushed aside in accusing Texas of playing dirty pool after getting ESPN to pony up money for Longhorn Network. One Aggie asked why A&M should stay in unstable Big 12? It's only unstable if A&M leaves. If UT wanted to go independent it would have bolted last year. If A&M wants to cut off its nose - so it doesn't have to be bludgeoned by Longhorn Network commercials that are already irritating me - to spite its face, it's just another bad administrative move by a school that has all the tools and resources to enjoy UT's athletic financial independence...but just can't figure it out. Would your rather lower your educational standing for occasional home games against Florida and Alabama and a short-term "f--- you" to UT, or step up and become a power partner in a higher academic conference while maintaining traditional ties with allies OU, OSU, Tech, Baylor and even UT?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I couldn't really give less of a damn about Gov Good Hair or his beloved Aggs, if'n they want to take their shinebox over to the SEC..take it.  I was ready for the mean ol Horns to bolt to the Big 10 or Pac 10, but since that didn't happen..I'd be cool with independent status in Football, Horns would still play Zero U and probably Aggs, Notre Dame, BYU a coupld of Pac 12 teams and an occasional SEC/Big East team to fill out the schedule.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I bet an A&M network could draw a larger share than a certain radio station.

On a somewhat related side note, why are Aggies so obsessed with other people knowing they're Aggies? You're part of the cult, yippie.

Rooster
Rooster

I really don't give a damn about Texas or A&M, but given A&Ms relevance as of the last several years....is this any different than Baylor threatening to leave?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Blow this thing up. A&M is suddenly irrelevant and a cellar dwellar in football. What's A&M's recruiting pitch going to be for Texas recruits?Recruiter: "come to A&M, we play in the SEC!" Recruit response "yes, it's nice you play there, but my family won't be able to see away games in person, and noone else will come here to get our teeth kicked in."

We'll see Aggies coming out of the woodworks proclaiming success in other sports, but football is where it matters.

Guest
Guest

To hell with Rick Perry.

Pull an Arkansas already
Pull an Arkansas already

So, the entire conference starts whining when the Longhorn network starts talking about High School coverage and yet only A&M's whining about it in your opinion? You're weeks behind on this story as it is and you're doing a great job of pining it on the Aggies despite a full conference backlash against ESPN and Austin after this idea started hitting the airwaves.

Still don't know why A&M stuck around in the first place. A bit more money? I'd rather live of the SEC pocketbook and make bank hosting any SEC school during conference play. Who do you think is a better draw: Any former Big 12 North program (there was only one good draw there and that school bolted for the Big 10) or any SEC East program?

And to those who would argue its about getting stomped in competition: There's more to college sports than football and A&M's been just as relevant as Texas in the other two big sports (basketball and baseball). With both the basketball and baseball facilities getting upgrades, A&M would enter the SEC in great shape. Not to mention they'd leave the Big 12 having dominated in Conference and National Championships earned in the past few years.

Why any school, let alone one with some room to maneuver, would purposefully stick with this sinking ship of a conference is beyond my comprehension.

Just Me
Just Me

What the What is a horrible catchphrase. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

too late, the big 12 is done, KU will be heading East as well to play in a great bball conference

Ed D.
Ed D.

Rick Perry just loves threatening secession.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

How did Texas kill the conference? Because they got a channel on tv? I guess I'm confused. Is it a money thing? Always is. UT is #1 in licensing, which brings in a lot of money.  They're basically like the Dallas Cowboys of college football, with records to match.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Rimshot!. Comment of the day! (or at least for this blog post...LOL)

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Gagreed, except A&M being near to my heart. I'm getting ass whipped by advertising for the Longhorn network, they're 3 weeks out from their one game of the year, and noone can tell me who's carrying their network. What the...

just thinkin'
just thinkin'

the only SEC team ut would schedule is Vanderbilt

BigSnoozeConference
BigSnoozeConference

Because those families travel to meccas of football known as Manhattan, Ames, Columbia, and Lawrence?

Pretty sure any high profile recruit could sell his family on traveling to the Swamp over those dull spots.

Rooster
Rooster

UTD has a great chess team.  It doesn't make them relevant.

Guest
Guest

But that is what the hip kids say these days.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Ouch, but true...so effing true..I will take out my orangeblooded frustrations on y'all in the SFFL soon enough.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Look the only reason I give A&M props for winning the womens tourney is who the fact Uconn or Baylor didnt win and those 2 teams were the best of the best

Brilliant observation
Brilliant observation

Because of the thousands of National Championships that have been handed out in NCAA  history, the 100 or so in football are the only ones that matter?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

actually womens basketball last year POW

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

even if I had that dumb network, Id hide it in the guide so I would be forced to see it

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Yes, money generating sports are what they call it now little lady. Wouldn't of cared if the Aggs won the last 24 Ladies lacrosse or hoops championships.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I thought they gave up women's basketball for men's cheerleading. Well, learn something new everyday.

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