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Big 12 may slap a deadline on A&M’s conference intentions


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.

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15 Responses to “Big 12 may slap a deadline on A&M’s conference intentions”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Aug 17, 2011 12:15 AM

    What would make atm happy would be if they were Texas. aggie envy is an ugly, ugly thing, and so are their women.

  2. frug says: Aug 17, 2011 12:31 AM

    I don’t get this. I mean what is their leverage to force A&M to abide by the deadline? What is the penalty for non-compliance?

  3. bender4700 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:51 AM

    Didn’t work last year………..

  4. southernpatriots says: Aug 17, 2011 4:03 AM

    The Big 10/12 could request in a letter to A & M for A & M to make a timely decision and respond with that decision in writing. The Big 10/12 may be offended and does not want A & M to garner all the attention (media and otherwise).

    If A & M’s contract with the Big 10/12 does not detail this process or provide a timetable (and we do not believe it does) then there would be no direct penalty for A & M if they took their time. The exception would be that A & M needs a soft landing for their contractual penalty or repayment of fees, which could save the university millions.

    If the Big 10/12 becomes too agitated at A & M in what they see as “dragging their feet” to a formal decision, the Big 10/12 could impose full repayment instead of being willing to negotiate a reduced repayment.

  5. pushingiron says: Aug 17, 2011 10:18 AM

    Burntorange is delusional. Last three years A&M has 9 athletic National Championships while Texas has one. Each mentions each other in it’s fightsong. Since the scholarships were limited in 72′ the football series is 19-20 in Texas’ favor. This year I expect it will be exactly even. What envy? A&M is standing up to the Big 12 -2 commissioner that is on the Texas payroll, and is tired of Texas bullying tactics. Texas is a great school like A&M, and “some” of the others in the conference, but when the conference gives Texas $15,000,000 more it is not a level playing field. I’m all for the move to the SEC. It’s a level playing field.

  6. dickroy says: Aug 17, 2011 10:50 AM

    I am sure there are some beautiful Aggie women.

  7. pushingiron says: Aug 17, 2011 10:59 AM

    With an enrollment of over 48,000 there are plenty of beautiful
    Aggie women.

  8. southernpatriots says: Aug 17, 2011 11:12 AM

    pushingiron: Thank you for your insightful contributions to this discussion. Our neice married a very handsome Aggie.

    She was a graduate of LSU and he a graduate from TAMU. So A & M does not just have some beautiful ladies but some great men as well!

    Burntorange sometimes seems to look through only the deep orange tinted glasses.

  9. lemmam says: Aug 17, 2011 11:32 AM

    my daughter is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2012 – Whoop! Thankfully she looks more like her Mom, Texas A&M Class of 1986. The Big XII will survive if two conditions are met – 1. texas drops the longhorn network and 2. all revenue received by the Big XII conference is divided EQUALLY between all schools. Since there is not (as we say down her in Texas) a snowball’s chance in hell either one of those two happen, the Big XII conference will implode within the next three years

  10. pushingiron says: Aug 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    “We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we, we’re from Texas AMC, we are the Aggies, the Aggies are we, we are moving to the S-E-C!”

  11. florida727 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    Truth of the matter is Beebe/Big 12 has zero leverage in this right now. A&M is already ‘committed’ to the conference. Their exploration venture is ongoing. Until anything further develops, they are a Big 12 conference member. Period. End of story. End of commitment.

    It’s like Beebe is asking his girlfriend to never break up with him, but he won’t put a ring on her finger. Ask any guy on this blog how girlfriend ultimatums work out :)

    That’s one ‘deadline’ that I assure you will come and go without anyone noticing.

  12. southernpatriots says: Aug 17, 2011 12:08 PM

    pushingiron: We like your song.

    Welcome to the SEC. You will find a great home and great competition here. We don’t begrudge you (at least not too much) for taking the best track coach in the world from us. We are looking forward to renewing our competition.

    We welcome your great academic institution as well as your great athletic one. We will help you recruit better and get in better shape as you play us and Alabama and other teams in the gauntlet each year in the SEC West. We share equally in the SEC and never will short change you as did your bigger brother in Texas.

    With all things considered, it will be a good deal for you and for us all. Welcome again. When you come out way to Baton Rouge, we will treat you to some of the best Cajun food ever!

  13. TxGrown says: Aug 17, 2011 1:23 PM

    A&M going to the SEC. is right and smart thing to do. Again this is a Longhorn fan saying this. I will watch and support the Aggies when they play the other teams in SEC, because I love the sport and I love the state of Texas. And ALL who represent it!

  14. matthewinwisconsin says: Aug 17, 2011 2:58 PM

    Beebe added… “the members deserve to know what Texas A&M’s intentions are going forward regarding the conference.”
    Uhhh… Dan. They’re leaving the not-so-Big 12. Everyone else is pretty clear on that fact and the reason why. #1 The Longhorns are arrogant and greedy. #2 You, Dan Beebe were an absolutely lousy Commissioner, just awful. Whatever Texas has been paying you was way too much. And Colorado, Nebraska, and soon, A&M are all better off without you.
    You Failed.
    Oh… and burntorange, please, show some class. That comment is just tacky and tasteless. The other day you said it was okay to beat women. Now a rival school’s women are ugly. How do you define Misogynist? Please, just stop posting.

  15. southernpatriots says: Aug 17, 2011 4:35 PM

    matthewinwisconsin: Thank you from all of us ladies who blog here and all of the men who love and respect ladies. Thank you again.

    signed, southernpatriots and others

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