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He has to address it again because of what he did and said while at Miami. Trust is a delicate thing!
1 year, 1 month ago on Your Thursday Morning Saban Update… And What Alabama Officials Got All Wrong
I think I like Texas Aggies -3 at Arkansas. Seems like a no brainer to me.
1 year, 4 months ago on SEC Odds And Television Listings – 9/23/13
This site and others began using inflammatory headlines about Manziel BEFORE ANY TRUTH WAS DOCUMENTED (not always, but sometimes). Manziel isn't perfect and no one is, much less at 20. Unfortunately there is a huge double standard going on now and the wheels are off. He used the money gesture all last year and now its taboo and insensitive. We've all been told when we are taunted to point at the scoreboard and walk away. Now that is a flag and bullying. The media blasts Manziel for the way he walked off the field after the flag and how he interacted with a Rice player earlier, yet both the coach and player say it didn't go down the way the media portrays. America expects him to have no zeal after being slandered and tarnished by ESPN and others regarding autographs REGARDLESS OF A COMPLETE LACK OF ANY EVIDENCE. Oh, let's not forget how we want Manziel to show so much maturity while the rest of the world gets a pass with an "anything goes" mentality.
I will be the first to change my mind if someone can prove he broke the rules. In the meantime, all the media hypes with double standards trying to sell exagerated sports news regardless of corraboration are not being mature or accountable for their actions, These are college kids and there is some duty on behalf of the media to get the stories right.
With that said, I enjoy this site. It is one of the best. And, yes, Johnny Football needs to grow up too!
1 year, 4 months ago on Aggie Fans Celebrate “The Johnny We Know”
I meant "not win its own conference".
1 year, 5 months ago on SEC Coaches Tab UGA QB Murray as Preseason All-Conference, Not A&M’s Manziel
Only in the SEC can a team win the national championship and win its own conference. Only in the SEC can someone win the Heisman and not be on the first team. Wow!
Interesting. Maybe Missouri expects their game with Arkansas when Fri Aggie / Tiger games are not played. Seemed like Arkansas and Missouri had some scheduling communication issues.
Also, Texas Wronghorns can't be happy that Aggies will now have a prime time opponent to replace them. Maybe Wronghorns will finally wake up and do what's best for both flagship Texas schools and renew the Lone Star Showdown!
1 year, 5 months ago on A&M And LSU To Meet On Thanksgiving In 2014
listen, he deserves some criticism for some behavior, but much of the Media Frenzy is pure speculation and rumor. This site should focus on good journalistic facts more than hype. Mr. SEC is and should not be like some media sources trying to stir the pot to make a buck. It just seems like that is what is happening even though it probably isn't . Just sayin.
1 year, 6 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice
John, the stories about Maziel are getting old. It seems like you have a personal issue with him. Regardless of what happens this season, he has brought much good to SEC. Time to stop judging him about things that may happen in future and recent past. Why are writing about stuff that hasn't happened yet? Your site and reporting has always been better than that!!!
I guess this proves that Dodds is right, there is "no rivalry between t.u. and Texas A&M ". I wonder if McCarron would get the same response going to an Auburn frat party? Probably so, but I bet he wouldn't even try!
1 year, 6 months ago on Johnny Manziel Thrown Out Of Texas Fraternity Party
I have always liked this web site because it is very objective. However, leaving this headline and story up is everything but objective. Not one official from the camp or Manziel has substantiated what this headline states. In fact, all of the officials have said otherwise. This is not the kind of reporting I expect or have seen from Mr. SEC in the past. The article should be taken down until the circumstances change. Mr.SEC is better than this!
1 year, 6 months ago on Report: Johnny Manziel Gets Booted From Manning Camp
I hope permanent rivals ends. I want to see more SEC teams on an on going basis. If two teams want a permanent rival and they BOTH agree, then let them. Otherwise rotate all non division games. Better equity and more teams. Just my opinion.
1 year, 7 months ago on Slive Says SEC Will Have To Unravel A Knot And Make A Decision On Schedules
I don't understand why the SEC doesn't rotate opponents UNLESS both schools agree to be permanent cross division rivals? I don't see the benefit for all of the weak match ups just to get a couple of good ones? I don't see the equity in strength of schedule over time nor do I see the benefit for fans who want to see more teams on a consistent basis nationally. I disagree with this one John, but I respect your opinion.
1 year, 8 months ago on Schedule Debate: Even Recent History Shows You Can’t Predict Schools’ Future Success
John, you make it sound like each conference gets the same money from the college football playoff regardless of size. Is that true? Why would the four largest conferences allow the Big XII to make the same money vs splitting based on number of schools? I have the same question about the Sugar Bowl. Why would the SEC agree for an even split by conference instead by number of teams? Didn't the SEC have the negotiating leverage because they could have chosen either the Big XII or ACC?
1 year, 8 months ago on Big XII Meetings Begin With Big Cash, Scheduling Alliances On The Agenda
I Amy be the minority and I usually agree with John, but I don't want permanent cross division rivals. I think the league is best suited getting all teams in front of each other more often, creating more equitable (not perfect) schedules as possible, and creating more match ups of true national interest for TV purposes. In my opinion, rotating cross division foes is best suited to achieve these goals. Permanent foes also forces bad matchups.on some schools permanently which frankly is't right.
1 year, 8 months ago on Shortsighted Pundits Suggest The SEC Dump Permanent Rivals
I wonder why some at Maryland and the ACC feel like Maryland's decision was secretive and not transparent, but their additions of Pitt and Syracuse out of the blue was not? Sounds like the "kettle is black" to me and very hypocritical.
1 year, 10 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move
@ghall5517 @TEXAGEAGLE Texas Tech was part of the PAC expansion too, Utah would have been left out. In my opinion, all these teams would be gone if A&M would have agreed.
1 year, 10 months ago on Texas A.D. Dodds Blames End Of A&M Series On A&M (Also Talks Expansion)
Yes, I really believe that. They just pulled the biggest blindside in expansion and they want all to believe they are being truthful now. Like in the show Survivor, once the blindside happened, all bets are off the table and trust is all gone. It's every conference for themselves now and everyone should be all hands on deck before there isn't anything to fight for!
1 year, 11 months ago on OSU A.D. Smith Says Big Ten “Not Agressively Pursuing Anyone”
Don't believe a word Delaney says about being "inactive". The realignment game is at full tilt. If you remember watching Survivor years ago, once the unexpected blindsides occurred everyone became paranoid and lacked trust. Well, the Maryland and Rutgers blindside by the Big Ten did just that to everyone. The public was aware of Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Missouri. The public won't be aware except by mistake anymore. Can anyone figure out why the SEC Network has been so quiet recently?
2 years ago on Big Ten Commissioner Talks Conference Expansion
Seems like recent history says the SEC leads making an expansion move before the Big 10. The SEC moved to 12 and 14 teams first. Now that the Big 10 mouthpieces are publically stating more expansion is coming and it likely includes demographically favorable Sun Belt properties in the SEC's backyard, I would think the SEC makes its move immediately. This is a war for long term market leadership and no one can just sit out with the strategy of letting others determine its future. I see major moves by both the SEC and Big 10 and when it happens it will end the ACC as we know it and place the Big XII and Pac 12 into almost a tier 2 status unless they merge.
2 years ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)
I think it's important to add to this article that he was the Outland Trophy winner. He is an excellent player that will do well in the NFL. Too bad he won't be around for next years title run though.
2 years ago on Joeckel Leaves A&M, Declares for NFL Draft
It would seem to me that this means Alabama starts next year at #1 and both Georgia and Texas A&M will be ranked in the top 5. If so, this will be another strong SEC start. I see Oregon, Stanford, and Ohio State making a run towards the top too.
2 years ago on No. 1 Alabama Joined By Six Other SEC Teams In Top 25
Congrats to the Aggies beating the Sooners! The Wronghorns in Austin are running away from facing the Aggies, but for the moment the Aggies have to be laughing at them. They killed Oklahoma while Texas got whipped by Oklahoma AND the Aggies are out recruiting them to boot!
2 years ago on Cotton Bowl Domination; Johnny Manziel And Texas A&M Crush Oklahoma
@Roggespierre This is the link I used: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf11313/tables/tab27.xls
2 years ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)
I meant the US Science Foundation not US Department of Education.
@SouthernBoiSB Sorry, there is no AAU ranking per say. It is basically pass / fail. You are either a member or not. The ranking I provided is for the amount of research expenditures by individual school which is a key barometer for making the case to be or become an AAU school. The research expenditures are provided by the US Department of Education.
I think the AAU designation is important, but AAU membership doesn't appear completely objective and is sort of a private club. Looking at the latest research expenditures by institution, here are the rankings for the most discussed expansion targets and if they are part of the coveted AAU: #7 Duke (AAU), #19 UNC (AAU), #22 Pittsburgh (AAU), #22 GA Tech (AAU), #44 VA Tech, #47 NCST, #73 VA (AAU), #95 FSU, and #100 Clemson. UConn, BC, Syracuse, Miami, and Notre Dame are not ranked in the top 100 and are not likely to join that fraternity in near term. Wake Forest is ranked in the top 100, but not considered viable for SEC or Big 10 expansion.
For comparison purposes, several current or future Big 10 members expenditure research rankings that already have an AAU designation are ranked similar to or lower than many expansion targets without the AAU designation: #41 MD (AAU), #50 MI State (AAU), #54 Rutgers (AAU), # 61 Iowa (AAU). In addition, NE lost its AAU status recently and is ranked #51 in research expenditures. Seems like the AAU needs more reviews to correct its membership and reflect today's leaders in academic research.
As far as SEC schools, Texas A&M University (AAU) had the highest ranking at #20. Florida, Vanderbilt and Missouri also have the AAU designation.
@Big Bob Marley The SEC should insist that both UNC and NCST come to the SEC. UNC will not go to Big Ten and leave NCST hanging. The NC regents have a fiduciary responsibility to choose what is best for both schools and the Big Ten will not take both. Game theory says both or nothing for the SEC and then the SEC has even more control for future expansion by getting them both. The Big Ten will then take Duke.
@Expansion Family Fun
If you are going to cut, it wouldn't be MO. Too big of a market, AAU school, etc. SEC should cut one of the Mississippi schools.
2 years, 1 month ago on Missouri A.D. Mike Alden On Expansion: “There’s More Coming. It’s Not Over”
@vp19 @JansonRoberts I don't understand the entire logic here. It is ok for ND to compete and associate with institutions and conferences athletically, but can't do it academically?
I am not aware of any schools that are compelled by the AAU to conduct research against their wishes. They can pick and choose what to work and participate on. Heck, BYU makes many choices in the name of religion, but still is a major university.
Aren't there many schools that may meet the AAU membership criteria, like ND, that have not pursued it? Maybe those schools would have some forgiveness by the Big Ten if they meet their other objectives?
2 years, 1 month ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)
@JansonRoberts Except that the Big Ten has publicly stated for over a decade they would take a non-AAU school: Notre Dame. This says there are some circumstances the Big Ten isn't being totally honest. Also, the Big Ten knew that Nebraska's AAU membership was being reviewed and likely was going to be out of the AAU. In fact, more than one of their Big Ten brothers voted to oust NE from the AAU. The SEC should take note that the Big Ten does not require AAU membership and who else would they make an exception for?
@dafreshness318 The SEC settling for NCST and VT while losing NC, VA, and Duke is a disaster. Do you really believe the SEC is going to take the scraps and orphans? They should only allow the tag alongs IF they get the prizes. This smells like a Big Ten fan posting. Are you Jim Delaney?
@Quidam65 @JRsec @JansonRoberts sorry, but this scenario would work just the opposite. The SEC has much more leverage than the PAC with regards to realignment. I really don't think the SEC would take any teams from the Big XII besides Texas and / or Oklahoma.
There is a comment claiming that Texas Tech receives part of the Permanent University Fund from the State of Texas. That is incorrect. The state constitution and the board of regents at Texas A&M and Texas University control the fund. State law prohibits the use of these funds at any other public university.
@vp19 @Transic The SEC only gets UNC by insisting on the package deal. SEC should not accept NCST alone. The Big Ten and maybe UNC would like UNC to Big Ten and NCST to SEC. That solves the problem of a good landing for the state of NC. Big Ten never takes NCST. Therefore, SEC says both must come and in state politics brings both programs to SEC. The Big Ten then takes Duke. This is best scenario for SEC and the right way to play poker here. For this to work, SEC needs to have the fortitude to walk away though, which will be hard!
@Transic Texas A&M could also have chosen the PAC 12. In fact, I think if they were on board with Yexas, the PAC 16 deal would have happened. Regardless, if A&M had a partner to go with them they could have chosen the PAC. A&M is not Texas, but a legitimate top 10 free agent on their own. Huge tv markets, student population, AAU status, etc.
@Mike Thoms @AndrewMartin I agree with your school level comparison. However there are some benefits with the overall makeup of the package that is missed when comparing at the school level. First, the SEC can always invite FSU, so they are not an either or proposition. Second, and more importantly, the package of NC schools keep the Big 10 out. It would be devastating to the SEC to lose the state of NC to the Big 10. Once they are gone . . . they are gone. The SEC can win its battle with the Big 10 by taking the entire NC block, which is something the Big 10 would not do. This is a monopoly game and its winner take all both TV wise AND academically too.
@Flanagan the SEC doesn't want three from NC. However, if it is the only means for the SEC to own Carolina, keep the Big whatever out, and add AAU schools it would do it. Which is better: NC, Duke, NCST and VT or NCST, VT, WVU, and FSU? They can still take FSU if they want regardless.
Honestly, it seems like the big chess game is between the SEC and Big 10. Game theory at its best. Will the SEC take all three in NC to keep the Big 10 out? Why take all three in NC and not take FSU? Would VA tag along or ditch VT and vice versa? What will ND do when the ACC fails? Should some or all of the Big XII and some or all of the PAC 12 merge to stay relevant?
Awesome article John. I waited all week anticipating the next chapter.
John, what do you mean by "consolidate" their products? Do you mean they should shed duplicate or underperforming schools?
2 years, 1 month ago on With Massive Playoff Revenue Going To The Big Conferences, We’re One Step Closer To A New NCAA Super-Division
Gig 'em Aggies! I wonder how much more $ Texas A&M and the SEC will make with a Heisman around for up to 3 more years?
2 years, 1 month ago on Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel Is A Heisman Trophy Winner
That clearly is not a big sticking point. The Big Ten was courting the State of Texas before Nebraska was selected. They would have made that happen regardless of the by laws and they would not have added multiple other states to make it all contiguous in my opinion.
2 years, 2 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
As someone who works extensively with brands, I beg to differ on the conclusion that FSU doesn't add eyeballs. It's all about FL wanting a competitive advantage and monopoly, which is fine. Branding is about both being available in the market and how well the product sells. Anytime you can get a big time program or teams from huge markets playing then revenue rises. FL or TX A&M does not play every weekend, which means more teams from those markets will likely drive revenue.
For the record, I am not an FSU fan and don't live in FL.
Doesn't 6 bowls seem to indicate an 8 team playoff down the road? Think about it . . . 4 bowls for the first round, 2 bowls for semifinals, and one championship game bid out. It would be easy to convert to an 8 team playoff down the road.
2 years, 2 months ago on Asked If An SEC Team Should Be In The BCS Title Game, USC's Spurrier Pushes 8-Team Playoff
@JB TexasEx @AndrewMartin @JB @Caddoaggie
If everyone is honest, we all know that TCU will fit an open spot, but is not a complete replacement for Texas A&M. If they were, they would have been invited to join the Big XII the first go around or the Pac 12 the last go around.
In fact, even though LSU is the next best alternative for the Aggies to replace Texas on Thanksgiving,, LSU won't completely replace Texas. The most hyped and most profitable in state rivalry will always be Texas vs Texas A&M and that goes for any sport.
2 years, 2 months ago on Longhorn Fans Should Worry As Aggie Goldmine Opens For Business
@JB TexasEx @Caddoaggie
What's in it for Texas? More money, better Texas economy, better rivalry than all or most, make sure A&M doesn't close the competitive gap, etc. the real question to me, besides the emotional stuff, is why shouldn't they play? It all comes down to bruised egos on both sides.
@JB TexasEx @Caddoaggie
Most of those wins occurred when the Aggies were a small all male military college. If you look at the series after the Aggies went co-ed and the corps was no longer required, the series is basically tied.
The academic statement does not apply. Florida, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt stack up well compared to the Big XII. I could argue that academics are now stronger in the SEC than the Big XII overall. If academics were the driver,then Texas would have left the Big XII.
The only time an SEC team doesn't win the national championship anymore is when another SEC team beats them! Gig 'em Aggies! Btw, how far should the Aggies jump in the polls? Should be in top 10 which is dominated by SEC.
2 years, 2 months ago on SEC Fans Have To Be Torn Over Bama-A&M Game
Let's see, the Aggies stole Bevo and served him as a steak dinner for both football teams, stole Bevo and branded it causing the name Bevo to be born, and took oats and planted "A&M" on tu's field. None of this is past an Aggie. Bottom line is Texas turned tale on one of the country's oldest and most storied rivalries. It should be settled on the field, period! The state deserves this game economically and emotionally during Thanksgiving. Texas' greed may cost their ability to reconcile because once LSU becomes A&M's new Thanksgiving rivalry their will be no turning back. Wake up Longhorns and Aggies! This is not the time to squander things permanently!
2 years, 3 months ago on Yo, Aggie Fans, You Can't Complain About 'Horn Fans If You Act Like 'Em
Everyone will know in a few years if your statement is correct JB. One could argue that the best marketing decision was to switch conferences and differentiate even more from the Longhorns. My guess, based on the recruiting bump the Aggies are seeing, is that the switch to the SEC will prove the best business savvy for Texas A&M. The fact that Texas won't eat Thanksgiving dinner with Texas A&M even though they are family indicates that the Aggies' move hurts the Longhorns and help the Aggies. Time will tell.
2 years, 4 months ago on SBJ Report: SEC And ESPN Nearing Deal On New Network; No Other Partners Expected