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And the Longhorn Network finally sees the light of day as a freebie thrown in by Disney with the SEC Network.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The SEC Network Moves Up Its Launch Date
10 months, 1 week ago on Is A&M’s Manziel That Good Or Is Bama’s Defense Not As Good As 2012? Yes
10 months, 2 weeks ago on The Power Shift In Texas Continues At BreakNeck Speed
@John at MrSEC @Clarence No offense taken. Check out what this great reporter wrote a year ago over the billboard in Gainesville...
Aggie fans immediately picked up on the whole “Aggie Nation” thing. For those SEC’ers just getting to know A&M, apparently it’s Aggieland, not Aggie Nation… at least according to the many, many angry A&M fans I’ve heard from in the past 24 hours. For that reason, A&M VP of marketing and communications Jason Cook — like many Aggie fans — suspects that someone other than a pro-A&M person put up the billboard.
“Texas A&M fans do not refer to themselves as the Aggie Nation… We refer to ourselves either as the Aggie Network or the Twelfth Man,” Cook said.
11 months ago on Texas A&M Chancellor Not Happy With ESPN’s Rovell
@BonzaiB #1 Prove it. # 2. Sharp is a career politician that found his way into academia. #3. Offseason is the reason it won't die down.
Hey John. Nice of you to stay neutral.
BTW, we are the 12th Man, trademarked and all. Aggie Nation is used by those who do not understand the history of the 12th Man.
Good site. Keep it up. So glad the season is almost here.
One other interesting tidbit on LSU vs A&M on T-day 2014. With the stadium reconstruction, I think capacity will be 109,000 in 2014 because half the existing stands will still be standing. Those get torn down between 2014 and 2015 season and get downsized to add in all the new luxury suits and finish out at 102,500 capacity.
So look for a massive record crowd for LSU vs. A&M.
11 months, 1 week ago on The 2014 SEC Schedule Is Now Available
@Speedy98 Agree with speedy. The other kicker is Texas state law that says A&M can sue the brokers for damages if their actions against the rules causes JFF to get suspended. No way those brokers are going to blab. Their way of life will go under the microscope.
IRS probably would like to know what they are buying and selling in cash. Somebody has a tax-free cash income stream.
Not to mention the damages A&M will claim with no Johnny Football. He brought millions of dollars in revenue and attention. Those brokers will go under trying to defend themselves.
At this point, my guess is they are just glad the were able to make a nice gut punch to the celebrity Johnny Football and pay him back for them getting shutdown on Ebay for 2 weeks when he filed copyrights on Johnny Football.
I am not a crook. (Nixon)
Who knew what, when? (Reagan)
Read my lips. (Bush)
It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. (Clinton)
It's not what you did, it's what the NCAA can prove you did. (Manziel)
Oh, and you think Johnny was the only one signing large quantities of autographs for charity? Lots of charity loving college football players out there.
11 months, 1 week ago on Does A&M’s Manziel Have A “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card? Let’s Look At The Rule Book
Tolerance is a new found virtue in Aggieland.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on A&M’ers Comparing Manziel To Other Autograph Signers Are Off Base
JFF is no hermit. Wait until he gets 600 yds offense against Rice. All will be forgotten and/or forgiven. Then Sam Houston gets a ""payback" for all their smack talk last year as JFF logs another 600 yards. Then the game of the Millennium. The football world will revolve around Johnny's world in College Station for a week.
You think he will be a hermit?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on An Open Letter To Johnny Football
Used to I couldn't even spell quarterback. Now I are one.
1 year ago on Bama’s McCarron Not Answering Questions About A&M’s Manziel
Buster says tell Steven Garcia when it comes to football skills, he was no Johnny Football.
1 year ago on Ex-USC QB Garcia Tweets About A&M’s Manziel… And A.D. Hyman
Sounds like seven years, not seventeen.
1 year ago on
Gee is an equal opportunity offender.
1 year, 1 month ago on Slive Has Already Accepted An Apology From OSU’s Gee; Columnists, Twitter Outraged
Usually, the "hacker" is a friend or family member who sees your phone or computer open to your Twitter and sends out a message. I bet that's what happened here. No computer geeks involved.
1 year, 3 months ago on Ex-Bama Lineman Fluker Says Twitter Feed Hacked, But How Prevalent Is Hacking?
Karl Malone. Not Moses.
1 year, 5 months ago on SEC Headlines 2/13/2013
Agree. Bobby Petrino is really to blame.
I still can't believe there was not someone on that staff who could have been interim coach. I think that would have been a better path. Doubtful anyone will ever do another 10 month contract for a HC.
1 year, 5 months ago on Ex-Hog Coaches Say A.D. Long And Players Quitting Were To Blame For Bad Season
The secret is how many retakes does each shot take? With Johnny Football, not too many.
1 year, 6 months ago on A&M’s Manziel A Trick Shot Artist, Too?
Good read.... I think you are right. We are in a holding pattern until ACC vs MD lawsuit or exit agreement is final. Based on what I've read here, the exit fee will be based largely on actual damages, so ACC adding UL makes losing MD break even or maybe a plus on the ACC side in the near term, so I don't expect the $50M fee to hold up.
John or some reader, I would like you to explain one statement about Swofford and the ACC. What does the statement "If he gets this turn right, it could undo a previous twist he’s already made" mean? What was the previous twist?
1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)
@Expansion Family Fun No way. Slive won't give up the MO/KS footprint, and he certainly does not want 24 in the denominator when calculating revenue per school.
1 year, 6 months ago on Missouri A.D. Mike Alden On Expansion: “There’s More Coming. It’s Not Over”
@Expansion Family Fun Must be some crazy discussions going on behind the scenes. Big players from ACC are trying to figure out how to keep their conference together, while running the numbers that show they will be $10M - $15M in the hole per year by not joining a conference that has the big network dollars.
I'm sticking with John on the FSU not getting SEC invite theory. I say UNC, Duke and UVA to B1G (there's your real life Hoops Dream) and NC St and VT to SEC. Throw in a maybe on B1G taking GT.
B1G gets the AAU schools that play BB and can host home football games for B1G alums across the east coast and south. SEC grows the footprint and adds two more SEC culture schools.
After that, it gets really crazy. Everyone left has to scramble to make something work and it all depends on how the new playoff gets rolled out (AQ type scenario) and if it quickly gets morphed (to 6-8 teams or more).
I'm not sold on B12 growing. Deloss Dodds gets his LHN dollars without a conference champion game. I could see a scenario where the remaining ACC schools form a football conference (Miami, Clemson, FSU, Pitt, BC, Syracuse) and pick the Big East clean (Cincy, UConn) and maybe try and entice WVU back to the east coast (Come on! You always wanted to be ACC!!).
Good to see Mizzou doing well in basketball year 1 in the SEC. Their football results had to be a disappointment, but I think in the long run they will be solid.
As for expansion, I see several full time TV networks blanketing the nation and driving any major shifts in conference realignment. B1G started things with their own cable network and within a short time gave their schools a revenue differential between most everyone else.
SEC was able to grow financially without an established cable network, so I see a true SEC TV network driving the next surge in revenue growth along with the related conference team additions (into NC, VA).
The thing I've found about SEC versus B12, is I am genuinely interested in watching other SEC schools play and keeping up with their team news (why I like MrSEC.com!). In B12, other than having fun watching Mike Leach's Texas Tech team throw the ball around, I usually found myself just rooting against all the other B12 teams.
If I am not alone on that perspective, then the SEC network will have a leg up by having viewers that are interested in watching the entire conference instead of just one school (sorry LHN).
The other is building year round programming, which brings me back to Mizzou basketball. If Mizzou, UK and a couple other SEC teams can maintain/regain a national presence, adding some ACC basketball schools that are good fits for the SEC will be a huge revenue driver.
It will happen, the question is will it happen sooner or later. It's the Delaney versus Slive chess match.
@Transic @AndrewMartin A&M's reluctance to be Texas' wingman into the PAC helped initiate the first round of realignment in 2010. Probably driven by more A&M's affinity with SEC football culture versus the West Coast academic culture. Texas WAS interested in the PAC or BIG 10 at the time (but not SEC due to perceived lower academic status), but with the understanding they were going to start the LHN.
Even though they all called a truce and stayed one more year together, it was inevitable when the terms of the LHN were announced. A&M and Texas were going separate ways.
1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)
@MiloMoon Enlightening. I would like to see more digging on this subject.
But one thing is certain, Aggies trust their guy with the bowtie!!
1 year, 6 months ago on Oklahoma Writer Projects Movers’ Regret For Missouri And Texas A&M
@vp19 As I was reading your comment, my DVR/TV switched over to Belk Bowl and I heard Cutcliffe yelling, "Duke football? Hell yes!"
We live in interesting times.
@rgerstner That's why I think a KU / K-State package to the PAC12 may get some consideration if the realignment goes really nuts.
Good article... keep sniffing around. The Realignment Nuclear Clock is still at 3 minutes to midnight.
So where does the big bang start? Nice job saying what happens once it all goes bang, but where will it start.
Egos and image will preclude some of the options you describe. I could see PAC12 holding their nose and grabbing BYU, but I do not see another school west of the Rockies ever being invited. Only some time of B12 merger or post B12 fracture (say KU and K-State) would get them upwards of 16 members.
The ACC crowd does not seem to be thrilled to accept life after the ACC (the ACC as we know it now). They all seem to want B1G type situation. Big on academics and bucks, but well short of SEC type emphasis on football.
All said and done, I see something like four 18-20 team conferences, with B1G and SEC retaining the most traditional look. PAC12, B12 and ACC morph into something slightly less ugly than Morgantown and Lubbock in the same conference, Boise State in the Big East, but still a conglomeration of haves and have nots held together with TV dollars.
I also see a possible bidding war over schools in NC and VA states between B1G and SEC driven by recent growth of B1G Network revenue and anticipated growth of true SEC Network. In the end, probably some reasonable split between the 2 conferences over the 5 schools.
Another Marcus Dupree from Philadelphia, Miss?
1 year, 7 months ago on Williams Ready To Announce Decision
I'm thinking of a cartoon of a Titanic like ship labeled ACC approaching a huge iceberg labeled B1G. VT and UNC are getting in a lifeboat named SEC. FSU and Clemson getting into a B12 lifeboat. Maybe some Big East life jackets being passed out.
1 year, 7 months ago on ACC Seeks To Quell Rumors
In the end, I think Larry Fedora gets this gig and I think he will do well.
1 year, 7 months ago on Report: Strong Re-Working Deal With Louisville (Maybe)
Great game. One for the ages. That is SEC football.
1 year, 7 months ago on Alabama Returning To BCS Championship Game, Beats Georgia 32-28 In Classic SEC Title Bout
@Thern Sorry, but why would Fisher leave FSU. Not trying to be critical, but just curious. Seems like they are both top jobs. Does he have some UT connection.
Fedora really impressed me last year. He shut down Sumlin and UH in the CUSA conference game. When I listened to both of them, I thought it was a toss up for who should get the A&M HC gig. You would have one tough, salt of the earth coach with Larry Fedora.
1 year, 7 months ago on You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: From Why Your Search Is Taking So Long To SEC Expansion
@AllTideUp @Thern @BamaWahoo I think Duke is a good get for the SEC, but I think the real reason they are key is that Duke and UNC wanting to leave the ACC will cause the $50M buyout to crumble. Otherwise, the ACC will just do a tit for tat replacement of anyone that leaves and say pay up the $50M.
If Duke and UNC want to leave, then ACC is toast, at least the ACC as we know it. I'm sure they will carry in some form, but without a $50M exit fee.
Can't see the mad hatter at Are Kansas as he likes to call Arkansas.
1 year, 7 months ago on Miles To The Razorbacks? The Latest On UA’s Search
John, How bout updating your Expansion by the Numbers piece, at least the Big Finish section. I just re-read, and man you had quite the crystal ball.
1 year, 8 months ago on Virginia Tech AD Weaver Talks SEC; Twitter Melts
@RAB83 Moore Hall, you are spot on. Irish is probably on the phone with Deloss to see how they both can be "independent" and sponge off a band of weaklings for non-revenue sports and sell their mega-network star power to ESPN or NBC for a cool billion.
1 year, 8 months ago on As Folks Work To Figure Out The Big Ten’s Moves, It’s Time For The SEC To Focus In On Six Possible Expansion Partners
Any chance Slive could ever "sell" adding FSU, particularly to UF? And I guess Clemson for that matter?
Seems like a SEC covering the full lower right quadrant of the USA would be a compelling reason to add FSU, Clemson, VT and maybe Pitt.
Johnny Football also darted into a busy street to save a kitten from being hit by traffic. True story.
1 year, 8 months ago on Don't Let Class Stop Johnny Manziel From Receiving Heisman
@AllTideUp I like it. Add a twist from the B1G divisions.... Legends, Leaders and a new Losers division. Have the Loser division be a group of perennially weak football schools combined with those football powers that are a little down on their luck at the moment. The legends and leaders get to play all the Losers and their pick of a couple fellow Legends and Leaders and maybe one FCS school. :-)
@AndrewMartin @Clarence @MoKelly1 I think FSU would help add national eyeballs, too, but there seems to be reluctance to add teams from existing SEC states, maybe to the point where the eyeball increase does not get weighed appropriately. But there seems to be such a large amount of harmony with the way they have handled expansion so far and how they run the league that the members will let Slive continue to call the shots. If it came to the point where it was in the overwhelming interest of the entire SEC membership to add FSU, it would probably happen. At this point, there seem to be other options, namely growing the footprint that will be pursued first.
@John at MrSEC @MoKelly1 John, Any political insight into the apparant attack on the ACC? Is it just considered the slow wildebeest amogst the football hyenas, or is there some backstory here? Seems like Notre Dame may rethink their ACC plans and maybe that's what B1G really wants.
Incrementally, FSU would add some eyeballs, but not as many as adding a whole new state and TV market. B12 has so many teams in Texas so Deloss can have enough yes men to get what he wants. He also needs them to rotate coming to Austin for an away game each Thanksgiving because he does not want to play A&M. Of course, he has to have Kansas and Iowa State around to play games with the Longhorns on the Longhorn Network that nobody will see. Sorry, I digress.
@MoKelly1 John has pointed out before that it is driven by TV eyeballs. FSU (or Clemson, Miami, or Georgia Tech) does not add TV eyeballs. New SEC states adds eyeballs and the TV dollars. Also seems to be a preference (but not hard and fast rule) to not add to existing SEC states for recruiting traditions. The new states (NC, VA, PA) would just carry on with their existing recruiting turf battles in that region.
@SevierVol His dad was a king. Derek was more like a prince.
1 year, 8 months ago on Derek Dooley Fired At Tennessee
"Don't wake up the Aggies." - DKR
1 year, 8 months ago on Longhorn Fans Should Worry As Aggie Goldmine Opens For Business
You don't know the Longhorns very well. Longhorns don't worry. They deny.
I applaud you for not publishing rumor as fact as so many on the online world. It appears to be inevitable on both counts, but not worth hyping as fact to generate hits.
Just don't go spreading Kliff Kingsbury rumors.
Go Johnny Football.
1 year, 8 months ago on Fans Waiting For Puffs Of Smoke In Auburn, Knoxville As Fates Of Chizik, Dooley Stir Rumors
Now if it said "Johnny Football was here" kind of like the old Kilroy was here, then maybe I would say an Aggie was behind it. Doesn't sound like Aggie smack talk. Of course, always a few bad apples, so I don't know.
1 year, 8 months ago on Yo, Aggie Fans, You Can't Complain About 'Horn Fans If You Act Like 'Em
Oh, too much to digest for me to make a conclusion, but I can say Dodds and Texas still have their panties in a wad about A&M and Mizzou leaving. That makes four AAU schools who had enough of Texas' self centered control of the B12. Dodds is working hard to rebuild the conference to some level of respect as one of the top conferences.
WVU and TCU were the best he could do on short notice but FSU and Clemson would give him the ability to thumb his nose at Nebraska, Colorado, A&M, and Mizzou.
It makes for a good conference lineup on paper, but make no doubt, FSU and Clemson will be Texas' bootlicking toady. They will be paid well, but they will always be subservient to Deloss Dodds and the longhorns.
2 years, 2 months ago on FSU’s Outgoing Top Trustee Makes FSU’s AD, The ACC, Media Everywhere, And Yours Truly Look Bad
OK. Time to give us an A&M tab on your website!!!
2 years, 5 months ago on By The Numbers: Texas A&M's Signing Class