At one of the conference spectrum, you have T. Boone Pickens declaring that it would be “a mistake for Texas A&M to move out” of the Big 12. At the other end is A&M’s new chancellor John Sharp, who said Tuesday that he’s “for going to the SEC… it’s a win-win” for his school.
Just when one of those divergent opinions gets put to the test remains to be seen as A&M is seemingly prepared to allow this situation to gradually play itself out. Unless, of course, their current conference calls their bluff and places the school on a clock ticking toward a drop-dead decision date, that is.
Following an interview with Dan Beebe Tuesday night, Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News writes that the Big 12 commissioner “could approach the Big 12’s board of directors about setting a date for A&M to make a commitment.” Beebe added that he thinks “the members deserve to know what Texas A&M’s intentions are going forward regarding the conference.”
While Beebe did not put a definitive timetable on a decision on A&M’s part, he did say that anything that stretches out for longer than a month would be wholly unacceptable for the conference.
““I would suggest that would be an untenable position,” Beebe said of a time frame that involves months instead of weeks. “We can’t operate with an institution waiting to decide if it wants to remain in the conference. There has to be a very short time for an institution to commit.”
Fortunately for Beebe, he and the conference may not be dealing in months when it comes to the Aggies; a report surfaced over the weekend which stated that the Aggies would announce a move to the SEC within three weeks.
Beebe did state that its his and his Big 12 bosses’ “strong main desire is to keep A&M and address whatever need to be done to keep them as happy, fulfilled members of the conference.” So A&M has that going for them. Which is nice.