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Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Monday was an eventful day for developments on Texas A&M's conference affiliation. The Aggies appear to be at least one step closer to joining the SEC, but Texas A&M's president didn't set a timetable on change, nor even confirmed that Texas A&M would be leaving the Big 12.

-- The Texas State House Committee on Higher Education canceled a hearing scheduled for Tuesday that would have involved officials from Texas A&M, the SEC, and the Big 12.

Committee chair Dan Branch had said that making any conference moves without meeting with his committee first would be "inappropriate," but according to Kirk Bohls, Branch postponed the meeting because Texas A&M had yet to "complete anything." Branch added that the hearing may re-convene at a later date.

-- As expected, the Texas A&M Board of Regents authorized Loftin to "take all actions relating to Texas A&M University's athletic conference alignment."

On Sunday, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met and announced that the conference was happy with its 12-team alignment for right now, and "took no action" in regards to unhappy Big 12 member Texas A&M. The underlying message from the SEC was clear: the ball is in your court, Texas A&M, not ours.

To that end, the Texas A&M Board of Regents met on Monday, and as expected whent the agenda was released, has authorized Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin to leave the Big 12 or do whatever else he sees fit with the school's athletic conference alignment. Loftin is now expected to make an entreaty to the SEC.

Loftin told reporters after the meeting that the SEC has yet to invite Texas A&M, however, and when asked if there was a timetable, replied "Not for me." He also said that staying in the Big 12 still remained an option, and that any move to the SEC would be a "lengthy" process.

-- According to CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, NCAA president Mark Emmert contacted various conference CEO's to discuss the realignment situation.

Here's the statement issued by the office of Mark Emmert to CBSSports.com:

"President Emmert has had conversations with a number of presidents and commissioners related to recent conference realignment issues and these discussions mirror many of the topics raised last week during the [Division I] presidential meetings."

The NCAA did not elaborate on the discussions had between Emmert and the CEOs, nor did it specify which ones were contacted (though it's probably not hard to guess). The New York Times had a report about that call, however, in which Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said, "I think people have asked him to make some phone calls. He’s doing exactly what he should be doing.”

The New York Times' report also cites a high-ranking official who alleges that Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe and SEC commissioner Mike Slive had a heated phone conversation on expansion talks last week, but Beebe told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News that "we have been very direct but have not had any conversations with Mike Slive I would describe as heated, ever." This appears to be more of a quibble over semantics than an outright rejection of the report.

Comments

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

I see you left off the point about significantly increased travel costs.

Moron.
Is the quote box too difficult for you to figure out? If you think the difference in travel costs would not be made up within the first two years of a move to the SEC than you really should bow out of this conversation now. You might want to research and crunch some numbers before bothering with a response here. 



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:40 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

I see you left off the point about significantly increased travel costs.

Moron.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:38 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

LOL!  "Frat house douche-baggery".  I was a GDI, so no arguments from me! 

I don't know if it will enhance their media coverage in TX, but it will give A&M exposure in new markets, too; ATL, TPA, etc.  The TV audiance for the SEC goes up by 1/3 because DFW and HOU add 24MM viewers to their existing 42MM.  It's definitely a win for the SEC.

@ J.B. TexEx

I am not sure of the perccentage. If it is like most type programs, only a few are selected for scholarship going into their Junior year. So the lower GPA students that are recruited for the program may not complete the entire process. Even 2 years in the cadet program, and its standards for conduct, is better than 4 years of . (Just my opinion...no facts)

I understand that moving to the SEC, and stronger football confference, will be harder on them in the long run. I think the move would do wonders for them in terms of media coverage.




Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:27 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

@ J.B. TexEx

I am not sure of the perccentage. If it is like most type programs, only a few are selected for scholarship going into their Junior year. So the lower GPA students that are recruited for the program may not complete the entire process. Even 2 years in the cadet program, and its standards for conduct, is better than 4 years of . (Just my opinion...no facts)

I understand that moving to the SEC, and stronger football confference, will be harder on them in the long run. I think the move would do wonders for them in terms of media coverage.





Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:20 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

Logically, I don't see what an additional $5-8MM annually does for A&M when you consider their buy-out will be $10MM+. 

I suppose if you are someone only concerned with the following season this would make some sense. Most people are looking to a long future in the SEC, not just a single season. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:13 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

Yep..."we" , as an alum of CU and Florida that would constitute a "we."

Actually that would not constitute as 'we' unless you actually knew the all those others you are speaking for and knew for a fact they shared your sentiments which you don't. :) Other than one or two others on here the vast majority of SEC fans who have been speaking out do not share your sentiments at all. 

how's that for getting out more?

Clearly not near enough because you still don't get it.  



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:56 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

@BigBlow46

What percentage from A&M's Corps of Cadets actually serves in the military?

I'm not trying to be rude or confrontational.  It's a question that I've always pondered because I know that A&M will enroll students with below standard grades if he agrees to join the Corps.  That's not my opinion, it's fact.  I also have a friend from A&M who was in the Corps and served in the USAF.  Helluva good guy.

The other conundrum I'm wrestling with is this - why hasn't A&M developed their own "Third Tier" media program?  I realize UT is in a unique position with The Longhorn Network and the potential $15MM annually that we might gain.  It gave everybody, including Texas-Exes, sticker shock.  But, Kansas State is launching their own online HD network.  OU and Mizzou have deals in the works, too.  Why not A&M?

A&M is supposed to be a very conservative, Republican student body.  Why haven't they embraced the opportunity to develop their own independent revenue streams?  Instead, they'd rather join the SEC with a socialistic, even revenue split.  It doesn't make sense.

By escaping "the long shadow of Texas" they're joining a league with nine other high profile, flagship state universities.  That's a lot of shadows.  Miss State and Auburn will be the only two land-grant colleges. 

It looks like short-term gain for long-term pain.
I am a big fan which naturally makes rival extremely hard to root for. However, in recent years I have had the opportunity to serve with several , in various operations around the world. Everyone of them earned my respect.

I am sure you are wondering what this has to do with A&M leaving the ...here it is. After serving with these Aggies I have come to realize that the Texas A&M is producing good quality leaders, something the our country needs now more than ever.

If moving the the will bring in more money for the school, particularly the cadet programs, then I am all for it. Do what is best for the University so you can continue to produce top quality .





Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:38 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

I am a big fan which naturally makes rival extremely hard to root for. However, in recent years I have had the opportunity to serve with several , in various operations around the world. Everyone of them earned my respect.

I am sure you are wondering what this has to do with A&M leaving the ...here it is. After serving with these Aggies I have come to realize that the Texas A&M is producing good quality leaders, something the our country needs now more than ever.

If moving the the will bring in more money for the school, particularly the cadet programs, then I am all for it. Do what is best for the University so you can continue to produce top quality .



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:22 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

@buffalorx95

Adding A&M only helps the SEC if they're able to leverage TX's television markets for a new contract with CBS.  By all accounts, it probably will b/c it would mean adding Houston and DFW to the SEC's media footprint.  But, there is no guarantee in this economy.

Logically, I don't see what an additional $5-8MM annually does for A&M when you consider their buy-out will be $10MM+.  Not to mention  the increased travel costs for the non-revenue sports.  Plus, they're escaping the shadows of UT and OU for what?  Now they'll be 2nd best to UF, 'Bama, UGa, LSU and the other UT. 

Yep..."we" , as an alum of CU and Florida that would constitute a "we." Now explain to me how adding A&M benefits Florida, Alabama, Auburn! Or LSU? I think you need to not only get out more, but learn about the intricacies of college football. "We" at Colorado knew enough to "get out" in time to enjoy the riches of the PAC-10 (er 12), while you stayed in the shadow of Texas athletics. "We" at Florida and the SEC see no appeal or intelligence in playing a lesser program. Certainly not hurting in the recruiting or revenue areas....how's that for getting out more?




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:04 am
 

Texas A&M Regents authorize realignment action

@Blackshirt

Show me proof that UT was "shopping" anything.  That is your NU revisionist history POV.  Now, it's documented that the Pac-10, Big Ten, SEC, etc. approached UT about joining their conferences.  I'm sure that DeLoss Dodds answered the phone calls and weighed his options.  But, at the end of the day he decided that it's better to stay home.

Yes, Mizzou did everything but go down on the Big Ten and Jim Delany in their efforts to find a home for fear that there would be no place for them in the Pac-16.  But, B1G decided to compromise their academic standards and invite non-AAU member, NU,  b/c they generate more revenue (and Notre Dame turned them down again) and have a larger fan base.  Not surprisingly, most 2nd Tier schools are attracted to the socialistic system of equal revenue sharing.  NU followed the short-term money in the name of "stability" and expects to be competitive right away in an overrated, plodding B10.

I know full well that KSU, ISU, KU, Mizzou, TT, A&M, etc. go along with the Big XII's program b/c they're following the money, too.  It's good to be in bed with Texas, the most profitable and influential athletic program in the country.  That's indisputable.  It's also documented that Bebee was able to secure more money for the remaining 10 members.  Everybody wins.  Nebraska's miniscule television market didn't adversely effect negotiations.

Once again, good luck in the B10 with the other plodding, also-ran programs.  Neither myself nor Texas will need any help from the Huskers with our "political careers" or TV contract negotiations.

@JB
Again the UT fan spinning their knowledge of every team history.
Flashback 1995: NU was actually reluctant to the Big XII from the biginning. If you check your history better NU was the only team that voted NO on a conference title game (and other rulings) which was all about incentive based revenue. This even when NU was winning all those Titles. NU was more had to sign up for the incentive based revenue sharing than was all but willing as you put it. They knew that the Texas schools coming in had the upper hand because of the money those schools would bring in for the smaller schools of the old big 8. Which would mean no matter how the revenue sharing was decided it would be more than if the conference stayed as the Big 8. And at that time there was no talk of other conference expansion like there is today.

Flash forward 2010: Texas talking to move to Pac 10 or even the Big 10 (You must have skipped right past those articles when trying to quote the ones that serve your political agenda... or I mean your unified Big XII agenda) even before NU and CU decided to move. Mizzou was actually interested in the Big 10 the same time NU was looking. Funny how when conference expansion is happening that the only relevent conference that is being torn apart is the Big XII. Probably because it was never really unified like you thought it was when it was formed. No matter how you spin your political talk to make it sound like all the other schools are whinning, remember that UT was shopping to leave your unified Big XII before anyone else.

I find it laughable that you could not figure out that the other teams like KSU, ISU, KU, Mizzou, TT, A&M, etc. are forced to go along with whatever UT wants right now because they have to much to lose if they go to a lesser conference. Just like back in 1995 when NU did not have the opportunity to leave and join another conference it was kind of forced to stick with the Big 8 schools. So if your beloved BeeBEE is such a great commish, why was UT shopping their services before anyone else. Wasn't BeeBEE that was quoted in saying that they are not looking to add anymore teams. They are strong with the 10 they have. 

Good luck in your political career. Hopefully Bebee is not your mentor.



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