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A&M addresses SEC decision to stand down on expansion

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As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the SEC announced earlier Sunday that “[n]o action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M” and that the conference is not interested — for now — in expanding beyond its current 12 members.

It was expected that A&M would issue a statement at some point Sunday addressing the latest development in what’s been a 14-months-long soap opera.  Obviously, the school has done that, with A&M president R. Bowen Loftin indicating that an evaluation of their current conference affiliation is not dead and meetings scheduled over the next two days — one involving the school’s Board of Regents Monday, one in front of the Texas House of representatives the following day — will go on as planned.

“As we have seen over the past several days, there has been a considerable amount of misinformation regarding these discussions and any associated timelines. The chairman of our board has indicated that the regents will proceed with tomorrow’s agenda item, which authorizes the president of Texas A&M to take all actions related to athletic conference alignment. I will also accept Chairman Branch’s invitation to participate in his committee’s hearing on Tuesday. These are extremely complex issues, and it is imperative that we proceed methodically and in the best interests of Texas A&M.”

While some have written that a future Aggies move to the SEC is DOA based on the conference’s statement this afternoon, that’s apparently far from the case.

The wheels of expansion are seemingly moving slowly — slower than the Internet would like — thanks in large part to a combination of legal concerns as well as identifying a 14th school, but all signs still point to what’s been assumed for the past week.  A&M will be out of the Big 12 and in the SEC at some point in the future.  How near or far away that future is could very well be decided at some point before the start of the 2011 regular season.  Or it won’t.  One of the two.

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12 Responses to “A&M addresses SEC decision to stand down on expansion”
  1. cappa662 says: Aug 14, 2011 6:23 PM

    Sounds like A&M looking for leverage and more money from the Big 12… Part 2. They will do it again next year. The SEC doesn’t need them.

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 14, 2011 6:37 PM

    14-16 team super conferences would be a terrible idea. unless you want boise state and a MAC school in the title….. BIGXII suck it up and get your own network(not LHN) and get Houston and SMU.

  3. southernpatriots says: Aug 14, 2011 6:54 PM

    A & M will be in the SEC by 2013. Meanwhile, talks will continue with A & M and the SEC. The SEC will expand but is looking for another university (GA Tech?) to either admit them in pairs or in units of 2, either simultaneously or in process.

    The SEC knows that expansion is inevitable but does not want to rush things at this time. They are walking a fine line, but they know that. O

  4. Deb says: Aug 14, 2011 7:09 PM

    Well … you guys finally get me on the Aggies train and it grinds to a halt. But if the Aggies train could include Ga. Tech … that would actually make me happy. I like tradition. It would be good to bring the Yellow Jackets back into the fold. It’s also good to be cautious. The SEC doesn’t want to extend an invitation only to wind up in conflict with the Texas legislature. Everyone needs to be on the same page.

  5. Deb says: Aug 14, 2011 7:14 PM

    Oh … well it help if you read the articles in order. Just read the other one on the SEC taking no action. It sounds as though everything is proceeding as planned … just more slowly than some people expected. Why would anyone expect bureaucracy to move quickly?

  6. lbijake says: Aug 14, 2011 7:34 PM

    Basically, The SEC is stating to A & M to get your ducks in a row, i.e. legality of departure. They will then line up the other one or three schools and make their move when the timing is correct. Ipso facto.

  7. gtizzo says: Aug 14, 2011 7:45 PM

    Well Texas A&M I hope you learned a lesson that you will always be “little brother” when compared to Texas. When a team is 2-11 in there last 13 bowl appearances and hasn’t been in the top 5 since 1956. Yeah you never had a prayer of joining the SEC. Well maybe a prayer…just not mine.

  8. centexhorn says: Aug 14, 2011 7:54 PM

    Dear SEC, just do what’s best for college football right now and deny A&M membership. Make them eat crow. Make them act a little more like grown-ups. Let’s not take the drastic step of going to super-conferences. Just preserve the current college football landscape.

    I find it hard to believe that the actual Texas A&M football team is being able to ignore all this. it’s probably a huge distraction. Poor Aggies don’t know how to let themselves succeed. They’ve always got to shoot themselves in the foot anytime they have a change of success. And yet they blame everyone else for their failures. It’s an immature mindset. They can’t take any responsibility.

  9. maninmo says: Aug 14, 2011 8:59 PM

    I just hope that they don’t invite Missouri. That would not be a good fit for either the school or conf.

  10. Deb says: Aug 14, 2011 9:00 PM

    ROFL … yeah, I love you guys, too :P

  11. WingT says: Aug 14, 2011 9:27 PM

    @centexhorn
    I’m with you on no super conferences but I don’t think it’s possible to stop that train. If the SEC doesn’t go there first then it will be the PAC12 . Once a super conference happens the domino’s will fall.

    If the SEC is going to expand then go ahead and make it 18 teams with 3 divisions. Let the division winners and a “wildcard” have a 2 game playoff for the SEC title. And then of course the SEC winner goes to the championship game and brings home that silly crystal football

  12. Derty Ernie says: Aug 15, 2011 2:00 PM

    Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Interesting!

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