Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Texas A&M facing ’lengthy’ process


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Do you think Texas A&M should remain a part of the Big 12 conference?

  • Yes. 48% 832 votes
  • No. 51% 897 votes

1729 total votes.

— Texas A&M; is looking into joining the Southeastern Conference, and contemplating remaining in the Big 12.

School President R. Bowen Loftin offered his first detailed comments Monday on the Aggies’ rather public interest in joining the SEC — a move that almost surely would set off another round of conference realignment.

“We’ve made no decision about terminating our relationship with the Big 12,” Loftin said. “This is all about what is best for Texas A&M;, along with ... visibility for us and our athletes and financial resources. That’s what it’s all about. I think anybody in my shoes would have exactly the same kinds of concerns.”

He said there is no timetable for any decision and any realignment by Texas A&M; will take place after a “lengthy” process. He acknowledged that Texas A&M; had approached the SEC, which has won the last five BCS championships in football but on Sunday reaffirmed its 12-school membership while leaving the door open to expansion.

“There is no bid,” Loftin said. “There has never been a bid to invite us into the SEC at any time in the past and if it were to occur in the future, we would certainly want to evaluate that.”

Loftin met with reporters shortly after receiving authority from the board of regents to take any action he deems necessary in terms of realignment. He said Texas A&M; is looking only at the SEC right now, but didn’t rule out other possibilities.

“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,” he said.

The Big 12 will begin the football season in a few weeks with 10 teams after Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) left in July, a year after a seismic shift in conference alignment. The Big 12 did not respond to requests for comment Monday, though Commissioner Dan Beebe told USA Today on Sunday that the Big 12 was interested in maintaining 10 member schools.

“We’re just working hard to try to figure out how they can stay with us because of the value that institution has and the quality academic and athletic programs it offers,” Beebe told the newspaper. “We’ll see. We’ve seen the odds stacked against us before.”


bradh 8 years, 11 months ago

So why doesn't the Big 12 get proactive and go invite a Louisville and/or BYU to expand the Big 12 and tv market. If one accepts, boot A&M. If both accept, hope A&M stays. If both accept and A&M still leaves, look for another non-Texas school (another Texas school wouldn't expand our tv market) to invite.

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 11 months ago

If we boot TAM, then we would lose the right to sue them for leaving. If they leave, then we have that right. When we set up the conference again there were penalties put in place. The amount of money it would take to leave is incredible (like 100% of your revenue for 2-3 years). I don't know the figures, but even the SEC wasn't willing to buy them out.

Ludwig Supraphonic 8 years, 11 months ago

So I decide to marry my paramour and dump my Wife. Trust in my current marriage would be foolish. We both have insight into the other's character. I realize it's naive to expect marital fidelity in conference affiliation and that each Board of Regents is looking out for the interests of their institution. The utter lack of concern for other conference members is a character flaw in any institution. TAMU's President has the ethical standards of an EBay shopper. A&M embodies Groucho's comment "I wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would have me as a member".

jhox 8 years, 11 months ago

It seems the only schools in the conference concerned about other schools in the conference, are OU and KU. Neither seems interested in breaking their conference ties to their in state rivals. They're that way almost to a flaw.

Chris1955 8 years, 11 months ago

Is it the schools that are concerned, or the state legistlatures? It would be interesting to know the answer to this question.

Ben Kliewer 8 years, 11 months ago

I hadn't considered this "Louisville" that you speak of...hmmmm, interesting thought...

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