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A&M board gives OK to explore conference affiliation


It was reported just a short time ago that the Texas House of Representatives had canceled a meeting of the Higher Education Committee scheduled for tomorrow to discuss Texas A&M’s conference affiliation.

A meeting of the school’s Board of Regents schedule for today, however, went ahead as planned.  And the outcome of the meeting signaled the A&M-to-the-SEC talk will not die anytime in the near future.

According to multiple media outlets, the regents unanimously voted this afternoon to give President R. Loftin Bowen permission to “take action on conference alignment.”  Translated into English, that means Loftin has been given official permission to pursue a move from the Big 12 to the SEC.  The next step in the process — provided there are no legal obstacles that still need to be navigated — will likely be for Loftin to officially approach the SEC regarding A&M’s interest in becoming a member of the conference.

“It’s not so much what’s wrong with the Big 12,” Loftin said following the meeting, “it’s what’s right for Texas A&M. …

“What we do will be in the best interest of Texas A&M and the state of Texas. We don’t want the Big 12 to go away.”

The SEC announced Sunday that the “Presidents and Chancellors met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment” after discussing “criteria and process associated with expansion. The statement ended by noting that “[n]o action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M.”

That statement was viewed by most as simply a tactical maneuver by the SEC, in effect shielding itself from the perception that they were raiding another conference and thus opening itself up to potential litigation.

With what was expected to be the regents’ rubber-stamping Loftin’s desire to pursue a new conference for A&M now official, it’s a clear signal that A&M will push ahead in its attempt to gain membership in the SEC.  What the legal ramifications for the school from the Big 12, however, remains to be determined.

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23 Responses to “A&M board gives OK to explore conference affiliation”
  1. squackduckhawk says: Aug 15, 2011 6:02 PM

    SECede!!! Help bring the first super-conference to fruition. Pac-16 is a possibility once again.

  2. indycolt45 says: Aug 15, 2011 6:11 PM

    With what was expected to be the regents’ rubber-stamping Loftin’s desire to pursue a new conference for A&M now official, it’s a clear signal that A&M will push ahead in its attempt to gain membership in the Big 12. What the legal ramifications for the school from the Big 12, however, remains to be determined.


    You had a little slip.

  3. John Taylor says: Aug 15, 2011 6:16 PM

    @indycolt45: appreciate the heads up.

  4. bender4700 says: Aug 15, 2011 6:21 PM

    @John Taylor

    Is there any rule against a Conference exceeding 16 teams?

  5. John Taylor says: Aug 15, 2011 6:23 PM

    There’s a minimum, but no maximum rule for number of members in a conference that I’m aware of.

  6. bender4700 says: Aug 15, 2011 6:30 PM

    Then how come no one is suggesting a 20 team league or something like that? Why does everyone seem to cap at 16?

  7. squackduckhawk says: Aug 15, 2011 6:51 PM

    I have a feeling that it has something to do with tournament brackets. Plus, any more teams than that and you never get to play anyone from the other division in your conference except in the Championship Game (at least for football anyway).

  8. Deb says: Aug 15, 2011 8:32 PM

    Oh good grief, bender4700 :roll:

    Great t-shirt.

  9. broncobourque says: Aug 15, 2011 8:43 PM

    So let’s assume Texas A&M makes the move to the SEC, who will the 14th team be?

  10. thefiesty1 says: Aug 15, 2011 9:57 PM

    Poooooor AGGIES. Always the bridesmaid never the bride.

  11. southernpatriots says: Aug 16, 2011 2:09 AM

    broncobourque: Much has been well written by numerous faithful posters on other related topics but generally speaking, the book end to A & M would be preferred to be in the East to balance both the West and East divisions of the SEC.

    Florida State, Virginia Tech, and others were suggested. To round out the 16 could be Oklahoma or Missouri.

  12. florida727 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:59 AM

    John Taylor: one thing not mentioned in your article I’m hoping you could clarify if you know… what’s the role the Texas Higher Education Committee plays in this? Pretty clear that the school’s Board of Regents has to approve such an exploration by Bowen, but what influence/control does the HEC have, if any? What if they say ‘no’? Is it tied to government funding? (I think A&M is a ‘private’ school.)

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, JT.

  13. southernpatriots says: Aug 16, 2011 9:11 AM

    The Texas legislature is now dominated by Republicans (and Republicans at least in Texas are not exclusively but primarily conservatives). Maybe their conservative core principals won out over their other motivations to leave this matter to A & M.

    The Texas Higher Education Committee has a majority of conservatives as well. Their core principles would tell them not to get involved, so they probably will not get involved. Much of the media in Texas want to blame A & M and not put the fault squarely at the feet of the greed at UT. The Texas media seems to want any and everyone to try to stop the exit of A & M from the Big 10/12.

  14. florida727 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:22 AM

    “southern…”, what can the Texas HEC actually do? If they wanted to, can they dictate to A&M that they can NOT change conferences? Do they yield that kind of leverage/power?

  15. southernpatriots says: Aug 16, 2011 10:27 AM

    The Texas HEC, if chaired and filled with activist
    Democrats or statist Republicans, could intervene and make life and decisions for the A & M Board and President problematic.

    They could if their composition were either intevenists, activists, or statists, but thankfully at this time their chair and composition seem to be of a mind that less government is better government, which at least in this aspect is classic core conservative principles.

    It appears that since Gov. Rick Perry and other influential Texas elected and appointed officials are for A & M having an opportunity to choose to join the SEC if they so desire, that this is a done deal on the part of A & M. Now A & M only has to take the steps to withdraw from the Big 10/12, and negotiate a soft landing on their contract obligations (repayment). Gene Stallings can continue his work.

    Then the SEC offers a formal invitation and soon afterward the SEC has another great academic school to go along with Florida and Vanderbilt, the Texas market, national champ in track with the best coach in the world today, a competitive opponent for Texas and Oklahoma, with a loyal fan base.

  16. florida727 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:20 AM

    Thanks, southernpatriots…

  17. southernpatriots says: Aug 16, 2011 11:29 AM

    You are most welcome florida727…now we will go assist several friends who are remodeling their home after extensive flooding due to the Morganza Floodway/Spillway being opened recently and flooding so much of central south Louisiana. Our brother who is home recovering from open heart surgery will monitor CFT and our emails while we are gone. He will help if he can.

  18. Deb says: Aug 16, 2011 11:15 PM

    Oh for heaven’s sake, how did this become a political discussion while I was gone? Please. No matter what they call themselves–Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals, statists or libertarians, tea partiers or wine tasters–the vast majority of these people do what’s in their self interests and the interests of the people whose tokens are funding their ride. Politics, even more than college football, is all about the money, not about doing the right thing … no matter how many flags they wave or Bibles they thump.

  19. Deb says: Aug 16, 2011 11:18 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Godspeed in your work with the flood victims. I pray you will have a safe trip and will be able to do much good in your time away. Hope your brother is recovering well from his surgery.

  20. southernpatriots says: Aug 16, 2011 11:25 PM

    Deb: Thank you for your kindness. I think the stripping out has already been done so we will be adding something or another. Our brother is a blessing. His recovery time was lengthened because of so many complications, but even with all that, he is doing well at this time.

    It appears from all indications that there is a move underfoot to have Oklahoma as the next addition to the SEC. Slive seems to feel that there is a possibility there and hopes to capitalize on it after A & M comes aboard.

    We have heard nothing about any feelers or contacts being made for schools which can easily go into the SEC East. Maybe they also are waiting to see how the A & M situation works out.

  21. Deb says: Aug 16, 2011 11:40 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    That is such a difficult surgery, and your brother’s recovery is a blessing. We’ve had so much tragedy around us lately, but just hold fast to faith and know better days will come.

    Oh, I hope we don’t bring Oklahoma into the SEC. That’s not a Southern school or market. So frustrating.

    Well, it has been a long day of driving almost five hours, so time to sign off. Have a safe trip! God bless!

  22. southernpatriots says: Aug 17, 2011 4:25 AM

    Deb: Thank you for your kindness. Driving does not seem to get easier as one gets older.

    Slive really would like to get Oklahoma. If they balk as they did last year, then Slive will apparently go to your alma mater.

    It remains a little strange that nothing so far is being done or seriously discussed about an eastern school but all may be holding for the A & M situation to be resolved first.

    I understand we will be mudding and taping sheet rock. I have some experience with that so I feel better now.

    Our daughter has begun teaching and loves it. It is much more work for her than normal because the principal seems to care less for the students learning and requires some work that is not necessary. She loves the children she is teaching. Healthcare, though it is part of the state plan, is much higher priced and with less coverage than last year. She was told this was due to some of the federal mandates beginning in July.

  23. Deb says: Aug 18, 2011 2:35 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Have lost a day and a half to what seems to be a mild case of food poisioning. Still a little groggy. You may have left by now, but I hope you got some sleep before your departure. You’re posting at terrible hours again :) Never worry about what you’ll do on a project like that. If you don’t feel comfortable with the work, you can always hand out food. Every contribution is appreciated.

    I’m glad your daughter is happy with the children. The bureaucracy of teaching is always the downside, but knowing you’re making a difference in the life of a child should help.

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