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Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: August 31, 2011 11:21 am

Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 of its intention to leave the Big 12 for "another conference" Wednesday morning. Here's the official letter

The school's official entry into the SEC beginning in 2012 could come as early as next week. For Texas A&M to be accepted, nine of the conference's 12 presidents would have to vote in the Aggies. 

For now, it's about A&M extricating itself from the Big 12. The Big 12 and A&M are not through with negotiations on an exit penalty, but the school went ahead and announced its intentions. According to league bylaws, A&M owes $28 million to leave the Big 12. However, a source told that he expects the final amount to be between the $9.2 million that Nebraska paid last year and the $28 million.

If A&M gets into the SEC, the next question is whether the league temporarily goes to 13 or announces a 14th team to balance the league. The smart money says that the SEC takes its good old time -- because it can. 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big 12, SEC, Texas A&M

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:07 am

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

You obviously have never watched college football for more than 5 years. Texas A&M during the 80's and 90's earned the knickname "Wrecking Crew" for year after year having one of the best defenses in college football. Like many SEC schools, there were BIG 12 schools that built their legacy around defense. Nebraska's "Black Shirts" are another. But, you ask any SEC school if they wanted to play at Kyle Field during 90's and see what their answer is and it wasn't because of their offense. Surprised

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:55 pm

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

I don't see it as "we're SEC now, come play real football," but rather "we used to be considered a potential National Championship Contender!  But now we're Mississippi State Redux and the SEC uses us for recruiting Texas players..."

Poor Aggies, from being Texas and OU's Beyotch to being on the rotation with Florida, Alabama, Auburn, etc.    Guess the last two years of getting a beat down from Arkansas at Jerry World has prepped you well for SEC play.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:52 am

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

But would Boise State still be a "perennial top 10" team if they played in a somewhat difficult conference?  I kindof doubt it. 
Yes they would...just ask TCU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Virginia Tech...well, you get the idea....

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:50 am

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

ebonyrod, I can name several conferences where teams would jump at a chance to join a BCS conference. See last year's announcements of Utah & TCU. Boise State went to the MWC thinking that conference had a chance to become BCS, prior to the bailouts of those 2 plus BYU. Greed makes schools do crazy things. Right now, I bet every school in Conf-USA, MWC, Sun Belt, MAC would at minimum, take a long hard look at the viability of moving to the remnant conference of the Big 12...

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:05 am

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

In general, NFL caliber players aren't going to Vanderbilt. They won't be going to A&M either. Good luck Texas A&M Bottomfeeders.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:54 pm

Texas A&M should change their name to the Coyotes

A&M felt so trapped by Texas and their greed that, like a coyote, they are chewing off their own leg to escape.  If they don't want to be the Coyotes, maybe they should consider being the "tripods."

Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:09 pm

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

Texas A%M going to the SEC is like jumping in the deep end of the pool and not knowing how to swim.They're going from an all offensive conf. to a defensive power house conf... Goodluck Aggies.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:07 pm

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

What's the advantage to expanding from 9 teams? This gives us a less brutal 8 team round robin conference schedule.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:20 pm

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

I think the Big-12 is gonna have a problem with getting teams to come into the conference with one team getting more of the revenue than the rest of the conference. Then they have their own TV network.

It would be difficult to explain to potential members, if you come into the conference, you will never share equally with the Texas. They have their own TV network which they do not share with the rest of the conference. Oh, the other thing is Texas share of the conference revenue would be greater than yours also.

Most conference share equally the TV revenue and the home team would get more than the visiting team. It is not that way in the Big-12.

In a major conference you have 3 schools that have left the conference and one leaving in the very near future.

Name one other conference where teams are begging to get out and actually going out seeking other conferences?

There has gotta be something within the conference leadership, revenue sharing or some reason these teams have decided to call it quits in this conference.   

I think the Big-12 is history or will become another C-USA, there are not enough programs around with enough of a following and would attract a TV contract worthy of a large conference with the pull to demand a large TV contract.

The conference will be carved up primarily between the sec and PAC-12. I see Texas as going to the PAC-12. The PAC-12 conference TV contract is mostly regional and Texas TV network would simply become one of the conference regional networks.


Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:13 pm

Breaking: Texas A&M pulls the Big 12 rip cord

First off, let me admit I am a fan of the Texas Longhorns...a&m made an agreement last year with the Big 12...They, along with ou and Texas got a larger portion of conference revenue. It was the only way the big teams would stay (UT,OU,a&m)...The fact that Texas was going into an agreement to have a network was no secret or surprise..Everyone knew it..What caught the ags off guard was the amount of money Texas negotiated for themselves(300 million). There has always been a little brother inferiority complex with a&m...They hate they are the third fish in the conference. That will not improve in the SEC.. UT and OU will be fine no matter what happens. They can both pick which conference they wish to go to and would be welcome with open arms... Big Ten and Pac Ten were all over the place last year trying to get them... If ou and Texas went to the SEC and said we both will come if you excluded the ags, they would do it in a heartbeat... I hate to see the end of the traditions all across college football these days. I wish the so-called coming super conferences would go ahead and be created and we can get something close to a playoff system... Good luck to the ags..see you Thanksgiving...Hook'em

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