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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SEC gives Texas A&M warm welcome

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— Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive welcomed Texas A&M; as the 13th member of the league Monday and said he doesn’t expect to add another team before the Aggies begin play next season.

The SEC announced Sunday that Texas A&M; would leave the Big 12 to join the conference next July and will compete in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year. The Aggies are the first newcomers since South Carolina and Arkansas joined the conference in 1992.

In an event complete with Texas A&M;’s band, yell leaders, collie mascot Reveille and hundreds of fans, the Aggies ushered in a new era with a pep rally-type celebration of the move.

Slive and Florida President Bernie Machen, chairman of the SEC leaders took turns on a stage decorated with maroon and white balloons and adorned with A&M;’s national championship trophies from various sports as well as an SEC logo that included the Aggies.

Texas A&M; President R. Bowen Loftin and Texas A&M; athletic director Bill Byrne addressed the crowd and raved about their excitement in joining the SEC.

Slive said the SEC wasn’t looking to expand, but that A&M; was too attractive of an option to ignore.

Slive acknowledged that scheduling a 13-team league will be difficult but said it wouldn’t expand just to make things easier.

Comments

Stephen Johnson 7 years, 11 months ago

This is all UT's fault. It's why Nebraska left. It's why the old SWC broke up. UT is egotistical and selfish.

Robert Brock 7 years, 11 months ago

The Horns are not backing off one bit. They are already showing high school football highlights on the LHN. I expect Mizzou to make their announcement at anytime now.

NebraskaJayhawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Yep. As much as I hate Nebraska, they were our 2nd oldest rival in that the matchup between KU & NU was the 4th longest in the history of college football. KU MU is #2 I think. I might be a little bit off there, but they are both top 5.

100 7 years, 11 months ago

A lot of us share those sentiments to an extent, although it's tough to be completely upset with what UT did considering they took an offer just like any other school would. What surprises me is their inability to grasp that teams in their conference might want to leave because of these sweetheart deals they received from Beebe as well as ESPN. To me the entire thing is ironic, that the king of sports, ESPN, has so much to do with this situation but really hasn't addressed it.

In the end, it's important for us to take a look at the series of events that led up to UT having a chance to land these deals. This entire thing began with Missouri last year going public with their interest in the big 10.

That's not to say things wouldn't have happened anyway. But UT didn't have these deals yet at this point in time. Those massive deals were put in place to save the conference & on the heels of that, the new Beebe big 12 laws allowed UT to go nuts with the ESPN contract.

For all the talk about UT, it's got to be tough to be a Missouri fan right now. Many of them probably want to stay. Many of them probably want to leave due to embarrassment. Many of them are tired of their leadership calling ESPN to report that some "huge" conference wants them, only to be embarrassed publically.

MU fans have had such a tough couple years if you think about it. What they are left with is a decent football team & a coach who wants to go to the SEC.

As much as I'd like MU to stay, I just don't know if they can see the forest from the trees right now.

Ironic as they are supposed to be a leader for the big 12 right now, as it is clearly staying together with or without them...

If they want to ever win a conference championship in football & go to a BCS game, the SEC is not the way. They'll get eaten alive down there.

Again it's the big picture versus the immediate rush to judgement question... If MU has the ability to look into the crystal ball, undoubtedly the smartest decision is to stay put in the big 12.

But therein lies the problem for MU... Smarts.

Steve Brown 7 years, 11 months ago

We constructed a conference where 3 members left. A fourth would leap if given an out. They all got an upgrade, and paid the price of more travel and gave away long standing relationships. Why?

Perhaps we are the idiots for building a sinking ship.

Lookiing for idiots a mirror may be in order.

squawkhawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Just wait until the law suits kick in and TAMU starts getting their butts kicked in athletics. We'll see how warm the welcome remains.

johnnyhrdwd 7 years, 11 months ago

Did you see Rick Perry vomit all over himself in the republican debate? Aggies are not known to be very bright, A&M will get slaughtered in the SEC.

ccarp 7 years, 11 months ago

TAM's national championship trophies in various sports? Which ones? Any of those sports significant enough to mention?

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