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Let’s go ahead and get right to it. The topic that has been in the forefront of the minds of A&M fans since last summer is the potential of jumping to the SEC. It’s filled up internet message boards, and basically created a fan base of impatient fans dreaming about Saturday’s in the Southeast.
Well, from what we’re hearing, those dreams have never been closer to reality. There’s no need to delve back into what you already know about A&M’s concerns with the Longhorn Network and some concern over the long term stability of the Big 12, so we’ll just get into what we’re hearing.
From what we were hearing a few weeks ago, it sounded like A&M was potentially setting the stage for a possible move to the SEC starting in 2013, with an announcement to come sometime next year. Now, however, we’re hearing that timeline has possibly been pushed up.
It appears the decision makers at A&M are all on the same page, and are moving forward with plans to join the SEC. In fact, we’ve heard that the Aggies could make an announcement as early as in the next couple of weeks. From our sources it sounds like the A&M higher ups have no desire to wait around and see what happens with the Longhorn Network, and are taking matters into their own hands.
That’s not all. Not only could an announcement come soon, but more than one source has told us that the Aggies could be playing in the SEC as early as next season. That’s right, if a deal gets done in the next couple of weeks, this would be the Aggies’ final season in the Big 12.
It’s also our understanding that from the SEC’s end, things are already good to go. If A&M is ready to make the move before the end of the month, we’re told the SEC is ready to go as well. You might be wondering what that means as far as a potential 14th team, but from what we’ve heard the SEC isn’t worried about that for now, they just want the Aggies on board.
In fact, as recently as this morning we’ve heard that the SEC could be in the process of drawing up the paperwork for the Aggies to join the conference.
Now, we also have some sources saying that the original timeline is still the most likely, but the buzz around an early announcement has started to really grow in the last couple of days. By “buzz” we don’t mean internet speculation, but talk from sources.
In the last 24 hours there’s also been a rumor that perhaps Texas Tech could actually be the one to make the first move, our sources do not believe that to be the case. While you can be sure that Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and the rest of the conference for that matter are making contingency plans, there’s no reason to think that anyone other than A&M will strike first.
Now to be clear, nothing we’ve heard is 100% at this point, but it’s become loud enough that we wanted to go ahead and share what we’ve been hearing.
This post was edited by Aubie on 8/9/2011 at 12:41 PM
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It would surely understood if they came to the SEC they would be in the West. Who are some potentials for the East?
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Potential for the East:
Each of those programs would fit in fine. I personally would like to see any one of those.
I would personally like to see none of them, including a & m. The SEC is big enough. They ARE a superconference.
Welcome aboard Texas A&M (if it actually happens).
I would be very excited. My grandfather and his brother are both Aggies grads
If I were the SEC brass I would go after Missouri as the 14th team. Strong TV markets (St Louis and KC). Then I would move AUBURN to the East. That would give a better recruitibng presence in Fla, and we would renew the AU-UT game.
Other potential candidates are: Va Tech, Maryland, FSU, Miami, (da "U" & FSU already spurned SEC last time, may not get another chance) Ga Tech (since they bolted in the 60's, i don't think so), Clemson (brings nothing new), Cincinnatti, Louisville, WVU.
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I think that expansion will eventually become necessary. The PAC 10 kinda forced the hand of everyone. It's like the banking industry. Conferences are either going to get bigger or get gone. The Big 12 is doomed.
It almost makes me think that the conference might expand not by just two teams but eventually by 4. I think A & M is a perfect fit. I think Oklahoma would be a good fit too. I almost would have said that Nebraska would have been better with their tradition.. but OK, is OK, too. Dont forget, the expansion is to increase the marketing footprint of the SEC. Getting into the midwest certainly accomplishes that.
The East takes on a different look when you remember what the point of expansion is. Clemson seems like a natural, FSU or Georgia Tech, too. But they dont increase the footprint. Virginia Tech might make sense. West Virginia might make sense. I also dont think that the ACC teams will be all that easy to pick off. They have a strong tradition together and have a number of pretty fierce rivalry games. A lot of the ACC schools are < no insult intended> egghead schools, WFU, UNC, VA all have academic reputations that are more important than football... (clearly NOT in line with the SEC!) Ask Butch Davis about what happens when football faux pas meets academic reputation.
If A&M is added to the west would they more then likely just add a team to the east to even things out or could this mean a new re-alignment of the sec where existing teams would be moved from the west to the east?
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