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Report: A&M regents have votes for move to SEC

Well, this is certainly an unexpected twist on a Saturday night.

On the same day that Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott made visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, rumors were flying around the Twitterverse that SEC commissioner Mike Slive was in College Station.

It appears, based on at least one report, that the rumors of Slive’s location may indeed have some validity to them.

According to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com — the same writer that first busted open the expansion floodgates with his report on Pac-10 interest in a half-dozen Big 12 schools — “Texas A&M regents have the votes to join the SEC and could announce that move as early as next week.”  

One of those regents, former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings, has spent the past couple of days heavily intimating that he is pushing for an A&M move to the SEC.  U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, an Aggie alum, was quoted as saying he preferred his school to move to the SEC as well.

If A&M winds up in the SEC, that would open up a spot for either Kansas or Utah to join Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the Pac-10.

UPDATED 10:51 p.m. ET: Andy Staples of SI.com is disputing Brown’s report, tweeting that he “[s]poke to Texas A&M regent (and former A&M and Bama coach) Gene Stallings tonight. Said regents haven’t been polled SEC vs. Pac-10.”

 Stallings went on to tell Staples that he “isn’t sure how [a] vote would shake out.” A SEC source said A&M regents remain “on the fence”, still undecided on staying with Texas or moving to the SEC. 

So, obviously, Aggies-to-the-SEC is far from a done deal. Until something official comes out of College Station, we’ll likely continue to have these reports swinging A&M to the SEC and then back to the Pac-10. 

So, ummm, enjoy?

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9 Responses to “Report: A&M regents have votes for move to SEC”
  1. magsdad1 says: Jun 12, 2010 10:23 PM

    Now its on!

  2. funi says: Jun 12, 2010 11:15 PM

    Kansas to Pac 1o Sec will get Texas a&m and Florida Internetional!

  3. allmaddenjack says: Jun 13, 2010 4:08 AM

    Has A&M mattered in anything in the last 20 years???

  4. overratedgators says: Jun 13, 2010 10:33 AM

    allmaddenjack,
    No, they haven’t. That’s why they’d be perfect for the SEC. They can hang out with all those other SEC subpar SEC teams (read: most of the conference) that the SEC homers conveniently ignore while holding up two schools (FL and AL) as “proof” that they have the “toughest conference” and that “every week is like a championship in the SEC”.
    Now A&M can be just like Vanderbilt, Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Georgia … another irrelevant cream puff latching onto two schools to proclaim that their conference is the “toughest, top to bottom”.

  5. IrishRNMBR1 says: Jun 14, 2010 12:08 AM

    I’m not sure what team you support but the SEC is, by far, the best conference in college football. The reason teams don’t appear to be stellar is because they play a tough conference schedule.. Teams like Georgia and Tennessee would be more than competitive in a conference like the big 10 or ACC..I think a&m to the sec might bolster recruiting too, alot of texas kids might wanna play those SEC schedules but don’t wanna go to school far from home..

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