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Texas A&M submits application to leave Big 12

Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: August 31, 2011 11:24 am
By Jeff Goodman

Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12.

After some uncertainty a month or so ago regarding the future home, the school made an official announcement today that it has notified the Big 12 it will submit an application to join another league.

That league is expected to be the SEC.

If all goes smoothly – which in the world of conference re-alignment rarely happens – the Aggies will be a part of the SEC in the 2012-13 campaign.

"After much thought and consideration, and pursuant to the action of the (Texas A&M University System) Board of Regents authorizing me to take action related to Texas A&M University's athletic conference alignment, I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference," President R. Bowen Loftin wrote to Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe in the letter dated August 31, 2011.

Certainly, this move gives the Aggies a jolt on the football side of things, joining what seems to be considered the elite football league in the country.

However, I’m not sure it makes all that much difference on the basketball side.

New coach Billy Kennedy will now have to compete against the likes of Kentucky and Florida instead of Kansas and Texas.

The bottom line is that if Kennedy is a big-time coach who can recruit at a high level (which he’s already shown in his brief tenure), he’ll be able to keep the Aggies towards the top of the league.

Whether it’s the Big 12 or the SEC.
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:40 am

Texas A&M submits application to leave Big 12

They have drawnn a line in the sand and are pretending they are now going to see if anybody (hint, hint) wants them.  With an Aggie victory in football this year they will move within, how many? 40 victories of catching the Longhorns?

Whoa homer - relax.  If the Aggies are so inconsequential in your mind, why all the ire?  If the Big 12 is going to be just fine and find some worthwhile additions, then WTH do you care where A&M goes?  Because clearly you care - A LOT.  Starting last year everybody knew that the Big 12 was in trouble.  This aint a secret.  Now, A&M has a chance to join the most powerful football conference in the country.  Uh, its kind of a no-brainer.  Last year UT badly weakened the perception of the Big 12 by failing to quickly and loudly pledge their allegiance to everything Big 12.  Instead, they played footsies with the PAC-10.  Who knows why they ended up sticking with the Big 12, although most people agree that it was because they get a bigger share of conference revenue and can keep their precious LHN.  True or not, the perception is that UT is the bully of the Big 12, and - I gotta say it pal - usually where there is smoke there is at least a little bit of fire.  Maybe you have insight that everybody else to watches tv and reads newspapers doesn't, but your post reeks of sour grapes.  If I were you, I'd be less concerned about the Aggies and more upset that your cable network hasn't heard of the LHN. 

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:03 pm

Texas A&M submits application to leave Big 12

TEXAS drove no one out of the Big 12.  Tom Osborne at Nebraska and the A&M AD Byrne ought to be ashamed of themselves.  Byrne says the "Longhorn Network" is a factor the the Aggies leaving!  What a joke!  Hey Byrne, take some responsibility for leaving.  Blaming the LHN is a poor lesson you are teaching the aggie faithful.  If the going gets bad, leave.  You're not happy with your wife, find someone else. If we can't have a network too we don't want to compete with a team with a network.  What a weasel.  He is saying, 'We didn't get our way so we are leaving.'  Our idiot governor Tea Party Perry is all for the Aggies going.  He would just as soon secede from the union.  But Aggies are Aggies and when they have no fight left in them they turn tail and run.  The Big 12 is stronger with A&M, that must be said.  But the Big 12 may find some worthwhile additions.  It is not as though the Aggies were dominant in football are anything else outside of indoor track, maybe outdoors too.  A&M has a small handful of National Championships and most of them have been won in the last three years.  So maybe they are on the rise.  And maybe Rick Perry will give a bunch of campaign dollars to help the Aggies in the SEC.  As for the LHN, I called my cable provider, talked with multiple service representatives and they never heard of the LHN.  The reps were in Colorado and didn't know college football from reality tv.  HBO they know, HLN could stand for anything.  It may stand for nothing but don't tell the Aggies that.  They have drawnn a line in the sand and are pretending they are now going to see if anybody (hint, hint) wants them.  With an Aggie victory in football this year they will move within, how many? 40 victories of catching the Longhorns?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:38 am

Texas A&M submits application to leave Big 12

Texas had better be carefull about driiving teams out of the B - 12.The cinference is no where near as good as it was 2 years ago and is about to get worse.Maybe they will become an independent because no other conference will tolerate that TV deal of theirs.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:09 am

Texas A&M submits application to leave Big 12

So the SEC is now up to 13 schools - 7 in the West, 6 East - which school will be next on the SEC list to add? Have previously seen speculation about FSU, Clemson or VaTech - or the possibility of one other from the Big 12. Will be interesting to see how this develops.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:37 pm

Texas A&M submits application to leave Big 12

If Texas A&M is added to the SEC West (likely) then they will be able to compete well in basketball with LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State. Auburn and Mississippi need some improvement and that division is up for grabs with Kentucky and Florida in the SEC East.

I actually do not see A&M competing well in early years for football. In football the SEC West conference is brutal. Their bet is by being in the SEC more Texas recruits will want to play against SEC vs Big XII (minus 3) and go to A&M. They have left the Big XII conference because of Texas and it seems a petty argument that Texas has its own network with A&M feeling recruiting will suffer. I suspect Texas is benefited by this move. The Aggies vs. Longhorns football game may disappear also with the move. That will be a shame after all the years A&M has played spoiler for Texas' bid for a BCS championship.

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