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Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 5:39 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If multiple reports are to be believed, Texas A&M could be less than 24 hours away from officially becoming the 13th member of the SEC.

Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com and Andy Staples of SI.com have both reported that the SEC's presidents will meet Tuesday to determine if the league will officially extend its expected invitation to A&M. "By Tuesday night, the SEC should know whether it has the required nine presidential votes," Staples writes.

Given the discussions between SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin earlier this year, it will be the biggest upset in sports this year if finding those nine votes is anything but a formality. According to CBSSports.com's Tony Barnhart (as well as multiple other sources), A&M could officially announce their new SEC membership as early as Wednesday morning.

If A&M does indeed leave for the SEC -- an event we previously placed odds against happening at 47 billion to one, and that might have been lowballing it -- all eyes will turn to Oklahoma, who could shatter the Big 12 for good by leaping to the Pac-12 with Oklahoma State in tow. (The San Jose Mercury-News's Jon Wilner reported Tuesday that the Pac-12 might take the Sooners and Cowboys even without a pledge from 16-team linchpin Texas.)

But none of the other dominoes can fall until A&M-to-the-SEC officially does. The good news for expansion-watchers: that domino appears to have already been tipped.
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

I Think that A&M will go to the SEC.  The question: Who will follow? Missouri? Florida State? Virginia Tech? Louisville? West Virginia? Texas? (I would laugh my a$$ off if this were to occur, as it was the desire of A&M to get away from the Longhorns that caused this mess.)  

I would add Kansas and/or Missouri to this list.  I look on VTech and WVU as and/or types of propositions.  I think that any combination of three of those possibilities, combined with aTm would make sixteen and even the divisions.  If it's Kansas and Missouri, along with say VTech, then I'd look for the VTech to go to the East and Auburn to join them.  That would renew the annual Florida/Auburn rivalry.  Likewise, with WVU if VTech turns them down.  If I had to prioritize, I'd say 1) VTech 2)Kansas 3) Missouuri.  Failing that, WVU would be the alternate. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

BTW Vandy is what keeps the NCAA off the SEC as it pertains to graduation rates and academics.vandy saves your ass otherwise you'd all look even more like football factories!



That is an assinine statement.  The University of Florida ranks in the top 50 research universities in North America- the AAU.  Many SEC member schools excel in academics- you might check your facts.  Ranking in America's top 50- 60 schools is hardly cause for ridicule.  

 







Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

They didn't want to play it our way, so we are going to not play you anymore.. Kind of childish..I just truly wish it would hurry up and get done so the kids do not have to keep hearing all the chatter about where they are going to play next year...All the Big 12 schools are fine schools...All will be fine when this washes out...Will someone just start the washer so we can get it done already and we can quit seeing the crying, complaining and name calling going on in here
The Longhorns don't play right! All they can do is cry about how others are acting when it is their greedy actions that spurred this action! At least in teh SEC their is equal payout among conference members! Hotty Toddy!



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

They didn't want to play it our way, so we are going to not play you anymore.. Kind of childish..I just truly wish it would hurry up and get done so the kids do not have to keep hearing all the chatter about where they are going to play next year...All the Big 12 schools are fine schools...All will be fine when this washes out...Will someone just start the washer so we can get it done already and we can quit seeing the crying, complaining and name calling going on in here
The Longhorns don't play right! All they can do is cry about how others are acting when it is their greedy actions that spurred this action! At least in teh SEC their is equal payout among conference members! Hotty Toddy!



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

They didn't want to play it our way, so we are going to not play you anymore.. Kind of childish..I just truly wish it would hurry up and get done so the kids do not have to keep hearing all the chatter about where they are going to play next year...All the Big 12 schools are fine schools...All will be fine when this washes out...Will someone just start the washer so we can get it done already and we can quit seeing the crying, complaining and name calling going on in here
It is so easy for a Longhorn fan to feel good about themselves and their situation by calling everybody crybabies, but if Texas were not getting an equal share of conference payouts they would be just as upset or even worse. Having their own network is ridiculous to start with, but will just lead to animosity among others if they remain in a conference. Their greed is what is ruining the Big 12. At least the SEC has equal payouts to all it's members regardless of how bad they are! Hotty Toddy!


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Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:07 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:04 am
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

A four team playoff system consisting of teams from the same conference? You're kidding, right? The current format works just fine. The winner gets an automatic berth in the championship game.  



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:43 am
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

Ok, let me identify myself as a Longhorn fan...Whatever is going to happen will be determined by the almighty dollar..Texas has led the nation is income from athletics for ages, and with the network, it just adds more to the pot. It is what also might keep them out of some conferences..I do not hate the aggies, or sooners...I do hate to see the traditional rivalries get killed though...Texas will refuse to continue the games out of spite..They didn't want to play it our way, so we are going to not play you anymore.. Kind of childish..I just truly wish it would hurry up and get done so the kids do not have to keep hearing all the chatter about where they are going to play next year...All the Big 12 schools are fine schools...All will be fine when this washes out...Will someone just start the washer so we can get it done already and we can quit seeing the crying, complaining and name calling going on in here...Hook'em




Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M


Orangebloods.com is now reporting that while Slive has authority to negotiate with Missouri and West Virginia, the latter of those two is the primary target for SEC expansion to 14 teams. The SEC was initially hesitant to pursue Missouri, because of the fragility of the Big 12, but with signs indicating the Big 12 is toast, they may go after them anyway. 

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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Report: SEC presidents on verge of inviting A&M

ebonyrod2 - You make a lot of good points.  But you are leaving out a key point - Texas A&M brings a couple of major markets (Dallas/Houston) into SEC territory.  More access to $$$ and talent.  It's not as much about how the teams perform, but about the new markets that would be added. 


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