Texas A&M; may be considering a move to “the premier college football league” reporters at ESPN are reporting this weekend.
The little brother of the University of Texas wants to “move from shadow of Texas” and are “envious of Texas”, especially the creation of the Texas Longhorn Network and the 20 year, $300 Million deal struck between UT and ESPN. According to ESPNs Doug Gottlieb, Joe Shad, the Associated Press and The New York Times, these are all of the facts as we know them now: On Friday, the rumors of Texas A&M; wanting to move to the SEC began. A&M;, as reported by ESPN on Saturday, approached the SEC and its commissioner Mike Slive on expanding the league. As Doug Gottlieb put it, “they want to join the premier league of collge football”. The Longhorn Network and the lucrative deal ruffled the feathers of their rivals, and since A&M; were both ready to bolt for the SEC last summer when Nebraska and Colorado left for different leagues in the expansions of the now Pac-12 and the Big 10 (which now has 12 teams). But an 11 hour deal kept the Big 12 (which now has 10 teams) in tact to preserve rivalries important to Texas, perhaps the ones with Oklahoma and Texas A&M.; As reported by the New York Times, here: That Texas A&M; president R. Bowen Loftin called SEC Commissioner Mike Slive three weeks ago and dId te Affidavits regretted not leaving the Big 12 for the SEC last summer. However, this time around A&M; approached the SEC. The A&M; board of directors, as reported by ESPN.COM, had a conference call on Saturday to discuss A&M;’s plans on realignment and the Big 12’s plan for the future. However, there are a few problems that would have to be fixed first. Since Texas A&M; is under contract with the Big 12, the would have to buy it out, essentially, and if the SEC allows them in, they might have go contribute. Next, the SEC would have to formally invite the school. On Sunday, the presidents of all of the SEC schools, except fot one, will teleconference about the formal invitation. Another problem, Texas A&M; will have to bring another school to join them, taking the SEC from 12 to 14 teams. Prospective schools are the following: Missouri (Big 12), Clemson (ACC), Florida State (ACC), with dark horses being Louisville, West Virginia, and Texas Tech, as reported by ESPN.COM. Finally, its how it would affect the state of Texas. Government officials want to meet with UT, A&M;, Big 12 and pSEC officials to talk all of this, and call A&M; making an announcement about moving to the SEC before those meetings take place “inappropriate”, according to ESPN.com. The SEC, according to ESPN.com is “interested in A&M; because the move ‘brings us into the Texas market’ a person familiar to the situation told the AP on Saturday”. Texas A&M; and SEC powerhouse LSU have a history and an ancient rivalry that can be revived. First playing each other 1899, the all time record is led by the Aggies 27-20-3, last series between them in 1995 and their last meeting was the last Cotton Bowl matchup. What I am concerned about is how long this will drag out. With the Texas state government getting involved and a formal introduction and invitation needed, and the need for another team to join them (and the teams suggested above have denied the rumors), AND Texas A&M; wanting to start SEC conference play as soon as 2012 (ESPN.com), working out the kinks might prove toublesome. Texas A&M; is a great research institution, and is Texas’ oldest public university. But, unfortunately, Vanderbuilt is along those lines. This is about athletics, moreover, college football. Texas A&M; doesn’t want to join the SEC because of academia. Does the SEC need another Vandy, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Kentucky? As more news develops, TSFSG will bring it to you. Information, quotes used in this article from ESPN.com, NYTimes.com, mrsec.com, and The Associated Press. Photo from Google.com.