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Texas A&M to the SEC?

Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:56 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 11:31 am
 

By Jeff Goodman

Just when we thought all this league shuffling speculation was over.

Now it appears as though Texas A&M, which is disgruntled by Texas’ Longhorn Network, could be headed to the SEC in time.

Governor Rick Perry told the Dallas Morning News that talks are ongoing with the league.

"As far as I know, conversations are being had,” he told the newspaper. ``That's frankly all I know. I just refer you to the university and the decision-makers over there."

Then came the statement from school president R. Bowen Loftin:

"President Loftin is committed to doing what is best for Texas A&M not only now, but also into the future. We continue to have wide-ranging conversations regarding all aspects of the university, including both academics and athletics."

Not exactly a denial.

Remember, Texas A&M was one of the schools that was believed to be headed to the Pac-10 (now the Pac-12) last summer.

Here are my colleague, Dennis Dodd's, thoughts from the football perspective. 

Now the Aggies could be using this potential move as leverage against rival Texas and this new network.

But is this truly a good move for Texas A&M?

Not really.

But it would be a nice addition for the SEC.

Texas A&M basketball wouldn't benefit - as football would - from going to the SEC. The Southeastern Conference is regarded as a football league while it takes a back seat to the Big East and ACC - and maybe even the Big Ten and Big 12 - when it comes to hoops. 

Right now the Big 12 is loaded in hoops. The league just lost Colorado and Nebraska, which made it stronger on the hardwood. 

New Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy has inherited a strong roster, one that could contend for the league title this year. He's already proven he can land quality in-state talent - with the aid of assistants Glynn Cyprien and Kyle Keller. 

Heading to the SEC, from a basketball standpoint, makes little sense. 

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Big 12, SEC, Texas A&M
 
Comments

Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

FSU was never blackballed by UF. The SEC tried very hard to get FSU to join when they expanded back in 92.  FSU didn't want to join because they thought they would dominate the weak ACC and win chanpionships.  FSU is a perfect fit for this and I think they would like to join.



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

Texas A&M is exactly what the SEC is looking for. Good fans, good academic, good history. Here is why it . Also, here is a .



Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

THIS WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT MOVE FOR A&M IN BOTH FOOTBALL AND B-BALL. THE SEC IS NOTED FOR ITS SUCCESS IN FOOTBALL BUT OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS THE SEC HAS HAD 12 TEAMS IN THE FINAL FOR AND 5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS CAN THEIR PRESENT LEAGUE SAY THE SAME, I THINK NOT. THE TALENT ON THE FOOTBALL SIDE OF THE COIN GOES W/O SAYING SO WHERES THE DOWN SIDE OF A&M COMING TO THE SEC?



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

Cellar dwellar? They might be a tad below Kentucky and Florida, but they would easily be a top 4 team in the SEC for basketball....I believe they currently own one of the longest streaks of making the tourney in the entire country



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

Yes, but the reason it would be bad for A&M is because they would be a cellar-dweller. Could you actually see them beating Kentucky?



Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:05 am
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

In terms of football versus basketball, obviously the main consideration is the money, but beyond that, conferences really just don't matter very much in basketball.  You play far more non-conference games and there's a lot more at large bids into the tournament.  Conference reputation is nice but its not the be all, end all that it is in football.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:30 am
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

Since when was education all about making money?  F*ck ESPN and F*ck these collegiate institutes of football!!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

Texas A&M basketball wouldn't benefit - as football would - from going to the SEC. The Southeastern Conference is regarded as a football league while it takes a back seat to the Big East and ACC - and maybe even the Big Ten and Big 12 - when it comes to hoops.

Uh, Goodman, the Big 12 is also regarded as a football league.  As for the back seat, in the last 20 years, the SEC has 12 Final Fours and 5 NC's compared to 8 and 1 for the Big 12.   Apparently A&M would benefit in both football and basketball. 

In a perfect world, the SEC would pick up A&M, OU, OSU, and either Missouri or KU.  KU helps in hoops, but Missouri offers bigger markets.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

It's most likely Clemson or FSU if they wish to keep the league balanced. But who is to say they don't try to sway OU? I've said for awhile Texas is going to go independent at some point, despite what certain people around here try to believe (like trying to say Arkansas would leave the SEC for the Big 12... do what?). I think they should go nostalgic for #15 and #16 if and when they happen: Tulane and Georgia Tech... not happening, but Vandy would finally have someone that might be below them on a yearly basis.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Texas A&M to the SEC?

So if A&M is the first domino to migrate to the SEC, who should be second?


Good question The Ville 2.....According to one of ESPN's bloggers(Chris Low) it's Oklahoma. Which would make sense. But it wouldn't stop there. I believe the SEC would look to add two more teams for balance in their divisions.

I can't see either Virginia Tech or Florida State leaving the ACC. I could be wrong of course but as far as FSU they've tried in the past and been blackballed everytime by Florida. Plus it does little to expand the conference's footprint in terms of viewership or in recruiting with either of those schools even if they where interested.

Personally I think Oklahoma St. would be one of the last two. Just my opinion but I've heard and read for years that Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. had ties to each other. Especially in their state legislature.

Now as far as the fourth my head says it would probably be....Texas Tech, again for obvious reasons and ties to Texas A&M since it's apparent that Texas doesn't want any ties to anyone school or conference these days.

My heart, since I'm a college basketball fan first and foremost, and always will be would be for the SEC to extend an offer to Kansas. I think Kansas would make the SEC a much better conference in basketball at least and they add some much needed balance in that area in the conference. I realize football pays the bills, even at Kentucky. Which is generally top three in revenue yearly in basketball and that should go along way to explaining to everyone exactly what's driving this.

But I think balance is important as well. Kansas would immediately bolster the conference and easily push the SEC ahead of the ACC and into the discussion with the Big Ten and The Big East.

 



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