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New Texas A&M chancellor says ‘yes’ to SEC

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Overshadowed by Texas A&M’s Board of Regents’ unanimous decision to give President R. Loftin Bowen permission to “take action on conference alignment” was the announcement of the A&M system’s new chancellor John Sharp.

Sharp, the lone finalist for the position in Monday’s meeting, practically put to bed any speculation as to what the A&M suits were thinking when it came to possibly leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

Yes, I’m for going to the SEC,” Sharp said via the Austin-American Statesman. “I think it’s a win-win situation.”

Sharp’s comments were far more forward than Loftin’s, who’s post-meeting Q&A echoed what the media has been writing for the past two weeks:

Maybe they will, maybe they won’t.

“This is all about what is best for Texas A&M, along with visibility for us and our athletes and financial resources,” Loftin said. “It’s not so much what’s wrong with the Big 12; it’s what’s right for Texas A&M and where we want to go in time.

“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 logistics and legal matters of a potential move seem to be the current hurdle the Aggies are trying to jump. Whether they’ll trip over it as they move forward is still to be seen. One thing is clear, though: the intent is there. There are no more denials from the A&M camp about where their heart lies.

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10 Responses to “New Texas A&M chancellor says ‘yes’ to SEC”
  1. bradentonbuc says: Aug 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    Takes two to tango. Will depend on the SEC’s readiness to do an expansion.

  2. TxGrown says: Aug 16, 2011 1:22 PM

    As a Longhorn fan I say, I don’t blame them one bit and I hope they do well in the SEC!

  3. southernpatriots says: Aug 16, 2011 1:26 PM

    Texas A & M is receiving good legal advice and practical advice from various sources (some have asked not to be identified). We do not think A & M will make any major error and will proceed in the process diliberately. They know what they do and how they do it will be the present day example and template for other schools to follow. What they are working on at this time is a soft landing for the contract repayment, so other than leaving the Big 10/12, they really don’t want to offend the Big 10/12 in any big way.

    For all intents and purposes this is a done deal, but it must be carefully walked out because there are some land mines that need to be negotiated around and a distance yet to walk with maybe a few snipers.

    May we be a little premature and proceed by faith in welcoming Texas A & M to the SEC where “share the wealth equally” is a normal process without greed or jealousy! Welcome to the SEC. We are looking forward to the series between A & M and LSU renewing.

  4. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 16, 2011 1:29 PM

    As an outside fan of the SEC and Texas A&M, I’d say it’s a terrible move for both parties. A&M can’t win the bigXII, so you know they’re a 6 win team at best in the SEC. And the bigXIIwill be responsible for what will become the downfall of its conference. All because Texas is greedy and can’t share revenue. I’m telling you guys. Conferences with more than 12 teams is the beginning of the end. THE SEASON IS 12 GAMES LONG!!! WHY WOULD YOU HAVE MORE TEAMS IN CONF THAN GAMES?!?!?!

  5. dickroy says: Aug 16, 2011 1:31 PM

    A&M will loose a lot more games in the SEC.

  6. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 16, 2011 1:33 PM

    If this happens, let the domino effect begin.

    Texas and Oklahoma probably want it this way, let all the other conferences stack up to 14 teams, so they can go undefeated and play for the title every year, because no one goes unbeaten in a 14 team conf with championship game.

  7. bender4700 says: Aug 16, 2011 1:41 PM

    Of course the SEC wants them.

    They get the Texas market. They can use this to push for an ACC team they want, and possibly grab another market. (Duke would get them North Carolina, and strengthen their basketball field tremendously).

  8. bender4700 says: Aug 16, 2011 1:45 PM


    What are you talking about?!

    They have a 12 game regular season, doesn’t matter if the conference is 8 teams or 80 teams, you don’t play more games regular season because the conference is larger.

    It’s best for both parties. A&M gets to a conference that is top notch, and has equal revenue sharing rights. The Big XII gets to dissolve like everyone expects. The SEC starts the ground work for their 16 team push. The Pac-12 gets their 16 team conference, the Big Ten can put pressure on ND to join up, and things move closer to a “plus one” format than they’ve ever been.

  9. ajarkoski says: Aug 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    A&M right now has to compete with Texas teams for players. Now, they can compete with the offer of playing in the best conference in College Football where the champion teams are born and players have plenty of exposure outside of Texas. They will get a bigger junk of the talented players and then they will win more games in the SEC. The SEC wants to move college football towards a playoff. They will bring in good teams, not great, to add quality but not immediately challenge for SEC supremacy. It is a win-win as they move to 16. Join the best or be with the rest looking from the outside in.

  10. sportsdrenched says: Aug 16, 2011 5:37 PM

    I think there’s some serious over playing of one’s hand here. Not just Texas A&M bolting for the SEC. But the thinking that 16 team conferences are logisticly and financially possible year in and year out through out an entire AD.

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