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DeLoss Dodds on A&M: ‘Everybody wants them to stay’

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The series of meetings that could very well determine Texas A&M’s future conference affiliation began today as the Big 12’s athletic directors and presidents met by teleconference to discuss the Aggies’ role in league.

We won’t know everything that was said, or if everyone was in attendance, but one of the main points that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds made sure to point out afterward is that the nine other Big 12 members felt A&M was valuable to the overall strength of the conference.

Everyone wants them [A&M] to stay” said Dodds, courtesy of tweet from Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman after the meeting. “We’ve been playing them for more than 100 years. Its’ hard. Is A&M leaving for sure? I don’t know that.”

And we may not even know Monday when A&M’s Board of Regents meet to discuss, among other things, Authorization for the President to Take All Actions Relating to Texas A&M University’s Athletic Conference Alignment.” What seemed like a race by A&M to counter the Texas House of Representative’s Higher Education Committee’s Aug. 16th meeting to air out “matters pertaining to higher education, including collegiate athletics“, has now been downgraded from Threat Level: Midnight to, well, something less serious?

I don’t know; that was an “Office” reference.

Getting back to this issue at hand, it may be difficult for Big 12 representatives to convince A&M to stay at this point — provided the SEC even wants the Aggies. There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding a possible conference realignment apocalypse, but the one area of almost absolute clarity is that A&M does want to move on from the Big 12.

And that’s after the NCAA essentially sided with A&M over high school broadcasts on the Longhorn Network, which was really the supposed reason A&M was all bent out of shape in the first place. We’ve been told A&M officials and those from the SEC have been speaking occasionally since last June, so it’s entirely possible A&M’s disgruntlement over the high school broadcasts was merely a mask for a much deeper resentment.

If that’s the case, an assorted fruit basket from Big 12 officials with a personal apology note from commissioner Dan Beebe may not be enough to keep the Aggies from leaving.

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7 Responses to “DeLoss Dodds on A&M: ‘Everybody wants them to stay’”
  1. bender4700 says: Aug 13, 2011 8:14 PM

    My biggest complaint with Texas and all other parties (SEC, Texas A&M, Missouri, etc) in this whole ordeal is the fact no one ever seems to tell us the flat truth.

    Texas A&M kept saying they weren’t going. High ranking officials said they are to different media people.

    Texas says they are trying to find replacements, but they want them to stay?

    Dan Beebe says Texas is the team that matters most? Missouri is said to be the key, if they leave then it won’t last?

    Missouri says they aren’t going to the SEC, yet plenty of people have enough info to say it’s likely?

    How many different things have been said by different people in the situation?

    Must make you want to pull your hair out Ben. 😛

  2. smartbutlazy says: Aug 13, 2011 10:50 PM

    And everybody wants TU to go. Don’t care where. Just go. Now.

  3. smartbutlazy says: Aug 13, 2011 11:13 PM

    He’ll, Texas was once it’s own (crappy) country. I propose that TU secede from the union and be it’s own country, kinda like the Vatican. That way they stop chasing away good schools. And they could require “foreign visitors” to kiss their rings when going through customs at the airport.

  4. ajarkoski says: Aug 14, 2011 2:23 AM

    SEC wants a bigger piece of the football pie, and adding a solid Texas team makes sense. Missouri sounds logical, good but not great team which adds market exposure and won’t bring down the quality of the conference. FSU/Miami would be too good as they would challenge for supremecy and not be an automatic ‘good’ win. Hope these dominoes fall so the shockwaves can reverberate across college football and consolidation/pilfering of conferences continues.

  5. bcjim says: Aug 14, 2011 7:11 AM

    Of course they want them to stay. Stay and not complain about the obvious disadvantage they are now at.

  6. corvusrex96 says: Aug 14, 2011 10:39 AM

    Really Texas should make up it’s mind on whether they are in a conference or an independant. You should have enough RESPECT for your fellow conference members to not try and force a network down their throat that is a clear recruiting advantage. Heck they already are the top dog in TX why is this even necessary? Money? then quit the Big 12 and go it alone.

    If Michigan or OSU tried this crap I would hope that my alma mater Penn State would do the same thing as A&M and join another conference.

  7. criminole says: Aug 14, 2011 3:07 PM

    I wonder where I can pick up one of those crystal trophies? Everyone knows that Texas only has one. I guess if they pay enough they think they can make it true.

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