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No action taken by Big 12, A&M during teleconference

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By sending a formal notice to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe earlier this week expressing their interest to *ahem* “look around” at other conferences, Texas A&M made it clear that they were serious about a move to the SEC.

Of course, y’all knew that already, but they had to make it all formal-like and stuff.

Likewise, Big 12 officials formally met this afternoon via teleconference — just as they did earlier this month to discuss a possible departure by A&M — but no definitive decisions were made by the Aggies or the Big 12 as far as future conference membership is concerned.

Beebe did, however, release the following statement informing concerned parties that there will be future statements if any conclusion is reached in the form of a statement:

“The Big 12 Conference members have been and will continue to conduct meetings related to the situation with Texas A&M and Conference membership. There will be public statements as appropriate and necessary if and when action is taken.”

A Big 12 source told Associated Press, though, that the matter of “when” could come sometime this upcoming week pending the finalization of exit fees. If A&M were to join the SEC in 2012, the Aggies would be forced to relinquish 90 percent or more of their conference revenue payout.

That’ll make you think twice before moving.

In the event that the Aggies do move on, the Big 12 appears to be ready with a handful of candidates to keep the conference at least 10 members. The New York Times is reporting that Notre Dame, Arkansas and BYU are on the the Big 12 expansion committee’s shortlist.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Texas AD DeLoss Dodds are super tight, but the chances of the Irish joining the Big 12 in this environment are about as good as my chances of getting together with the newly-single Minka Kelly; same with Arkansas.

BYU’s name has been thrown around a bunch, and Houston should definitely be in the discussion as well.

But all of this speculation is null until A&M actually leaves, and at this date and time, that still hasn’t happened.

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9 Responses to “No action taken by Big 12, A&M during teleconference”
  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 27, 2011 8:12 PM

    Texas A & M is proceeding now according to the process they should. The SEC president (and attorney) and SEC school presidents gave A & M some time to work all things out in departing the Big 10/12 by voting not to expand at this time. Maybe, just maybe, A & M has not angered the Big 10/12 folks too much and can negotiate a reduced exit payment.

    The Big 10/12 is really dreaming if they think they will be able to attract Notre Dame and/or Arkansas for differing reasons. We hope they have a short list longer than that or they will be left with BYU as their only possibility.

  2. tgaustin says: Aug 27, 2011 9:36 PM

    Not only is Notre Dame going to listen to the possibility of joining, Arkansas as well as Pitt will be too!! How funny is it that LSU fan is already getting into bed with Aggie!!! CLASSIC!!! I think you should probably worry more about what’s going on in Bobby Bouche-ville, because the last time I checked, the Gold and Purple were going “Cheddar Bob” and shooting themselves in the leg!! The “reduced payment” drop was freaking hilarious!! OK, sure, no worries:) Look at this way, once A&M gets there, the SEC will have at least one school recognized for academics! Too Funny, “reduced exit payment”, too good, too good!!

  3. southernpatriots says: Aug 27, 2011 10:19 PM

    tgaustin: Are you stupid or just act that way? Currently, and for many decades, even since its founding, Vanderbilt has been one of the nationally recognized universities. Florida is also equal to or better than most and nationally ranked highly. A & M would be our third national recognized and highly ranked university.

    Glad to give you a laugh. Please stop by our tailgate (with the tall antenna and a purple and gold diamond pattern flag) at Jerry’s World and be served some Southern hospitality and the best tailgating food you have ever eaten. That’s Sept. 3 starting 2 hours before kickoff LSU v. Oregon. All great food and our hospitality is free.

    We know the administration at ND and AR who will “listen” to the proposals presented by the Big 10/12 because they have class. And with all professionalism, they will politely decline. We know AR will because we have contacts there and AR is completely dedicated to the SEC. Notre Dame leaders have already said to the student body and to the alums and boosters they have no intention to change from their present status as independent. You are deceived if you believe any different on either one. You can spew your vain imaginations and venom but it will not affect reality.

    We have never been in bed with anyone other than our mates, how about you?

  4. tgaustin says: Aug 28, 2011 1:10 AM

    My bad, I forgot about the power-house that is Vanderbilt!! Thanx for learning me Benedict Arnold! I had no idea that you, personally, were so tight with the powers that be at Notre Dame…and Arkansas…my bad buddy! When you say “WE”…I’m sorry, I’m just confused…could you please explain to us all, these close “ties” that you have with every major college in the US?? I understand if you can’t…top secret stuff. I get it. And way to stick up for your own universi-can’t in LSU! Your too predictable my friend…stop reading and believing, then re-posting every thing you read that others write!!!!!!! You are one busy hombre traveling as much as you do, getting the inside scoop on every college football topic sweeping the nation!

  5. billmead1976 says: Aug 28, 2011 2:44 AM

    Dear Little 12:

    I’ll trade you fucla and AS-who? for Oklahoma and Texas.


    Your Buddy Pac-Man

  6. tigersgeaux says: Aug 28, 2011 9:07 AM

    tgaustin: Southernpatriots’ family members will help us at Cowboy Stadium with tailgating. They have been active college football and SEC supporters for decades. They are retired professionals and able to travel extensively. They (and we) have relatives and friends at AR and several dear friends living at the gates of Notre Dame in Mishawaka, IN. Relatives are ND and St. Mary’s alums.

    Every major college? You like to exaggerate and use hypebole, don’t you? Southernpatriots and their friends have traveled now for years visting all SEC schools and others such as Notre Dame, schools in Texas, Oklahoma, etc. and have many friends at each college town. We met some of their long time friends who came to the LSU Spring Game this year.

    My family and friends will be helping southernpatriots to start a Neighborhood Watch. The South Louisiana town still reeling from the murder of a little boy and the rape of another precious young man. They need help and southernpatriots and many others are helping all they can.

    How about you coming to the LSU v. Oregon game in a few days? You can meet us and enjoy some great Cajun and Texas smoked meats and sides? We’ll be there under the tall antenna with LSU colored flag. The great food and Southern hospitality are both free!

  7. rockgate says: Aug 28, 2011 2:03 PM

    Even though I am a UT fan, I do pull for the Ags when they’re not playing the Horns and would hate to see them leave. However, the Ags, just like the Horns and every other school, will have to do what is best for them.

    That said, there is also a potential cost to the Ags that has not been discussed. Is there really any reason for the Horns to continue playing the Ags should they leave? I believe the rivalry with OU now over-shadows the rivalry with A&M as far as most Texas fans are concerned and if this is all about recruiting in Texas, then the Horns might be doing themselves a dis-service by continuing any series with the Ags. Just saying….

    In the end, both schools will have to do what they consider is best for them. UT will be ok regardless of what A&M does but only time will tell if a move would be good for the Ags or not.

  8. scardino says: Aug 28, 2011 8:21 PM

    The Big 12 is seriously delusional if it thinks it has a chance of attracting Notre Dame or Arkansas. It has an uphill battle in attracting BYU.
    Notre Dame declined the Big Ten’s invitation when it was offering to put more money in Notre Dame’s hands. The Big 12 would offer a share in a conference run almost entirely by one greedy school while the conference has no logical connection with ND in terms of tradition or geography. That said, ND prefers independence.
    Arkansas is a competitive member of a money-spreading SEC that it is happy to be a member of and looks to regain a vibrant rivalry with Texas A&M. They have no apparent incentive to move to any other conference.
    BYU just attained independence and membership in the Big 12 makes little geographical sense, especially when the Big 12 offers little in the sense of any sort of common ground. BYU is also well positioned as a unique religious university to have success as an independent football school.

    These schools look like the suggestions of someone that is grasping wildly at straws.

  9. squackduckhawk says: Aug 29, 2011 1:34 AM

    I would give just about anything to be there on Saturday and tailgate with ‘ya Patriot. Maybe next time. Texas fans are fighting pretty hard for the existence of their conference. Big 12 academics (and by that I mean UT) are only known in the Big 12. A&M academics are great if you want to be in agro-business or a bovine porn producer.

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