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:
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?
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.