Sunday, August 14, 2011

Expansion Talk Tabled...For Now

So, the Presidents of the SEC schools met today to discuss realignment options. There may or may not have been 11 of the 12 present and they may or may not have met in secret. At the center of all this hullabaloo is Texas A&M and their desire to escape the shadow of in-state rival Texas' Longhorn Network. The Aggies have long had their eyes turned to the east and a possible move to the SEC, but this time it felt like it was certain. However, the message from the SEC Presidents and Chencellors doesn't hold out much hope for a move any time soon:
“The SEC Presidents and Chancellors met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment.  We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league. We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion.  No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M.”
So, does A&M go back with their tail between their legs and pledge renewed allegiance to a conference they (and possibly everyone but Texas) doesn't want to be in? Or, do they stay quiet, play through 2011, and hope that the "future conditions" that would make expansion "advantageous" happen sooner rather than later. Either way, A&M is in a place they don't want to be, Texas still holds all the cards, and the SEC kinda looks like a bunch of dicks. None of this means Texas A&M is out for good. When the A&M regents meet tomorrow, they could vote to leave the Big12 and then, oddly enough, find an invitation to the SEC waiting next week.

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