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If A&M ever does decide to renew the rivalry it should be on their terms only. Which should include:
1. No Big XII officiating crews--neutral conference ones only
2. No games EVER to be shown on Longhorn Network.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Power Shift In Texas Continues At BreakNeck Speed
I think that Sam Houston State should be upgraded to Cannon Fodder status. Though an FCS school they are the two-time and recent national FCS runners-up.
Of course A&M would like to have kept Texas on its schedule, but Texas would rather face the Aggies of New Mexico State instead (seriously, NMSU is one of Texas' opponents this year) and has no interest in renewing the rivalry. And Baylor is just as bad or even worse, never mind that A&M is one of the few opponents that would actually be OK with playing a game in Waco.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on UM, MSU: Masters Of Cupcakery… UGA, VU: SEC’s Toughest Schedulers
He actually wrote Manic Monday under the pseudonym "Christopher". It was Sheena Easton's "Sugar Walls" where Prince used the Alexander Nevermind pseudonym.
8 months ago on Thought Of The Day – 4/8/13
If "O Brother Where Art Thou?" is a staple, does that make you A Man of Constant Sorrow?
9 months ago on Dismissed Bama Footballer Allowed To Leave State To Attend School In Mississippi
It's probably good to keep Kevin Steele far away from the field. Just ask Baylor how he could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Bama Hires Another Ex-Head Coach In Cristobal
The best way to explain it is this quote I found from a poster on LandThieves (one of the OU fan sites):
"Iron sharpens iron. Butter sharpens nothing."
10 months ago on Recruiting Guru: SEC Isn't Ultimate Selling Card, But It's A Good One
The SEC may schedule with the Big 12 only because there aren't any schools in the Big 12 it wants or would come.
Back in 1990 it had an interest in Texas. But whatever interest Texas had in the SEC in 1990 (or in 1996 when the SWC finally folded) by 2010 was long gone. They think of the SEC as a bunch of glorified commuter schools with football programs having the integrity of used car lots. Plus they would prefer to be affiliated with fellow uber-liberals out west. Though the SEC would most likely make an exception to "doubling down" in a state if Texas were interested, they won't have to deal with that issue.
And since the SEC won't be doubling down, Texas Tech, TCU, and Baylor won't be invited. Not that the SEC, had it not had a member school in Texas, would be so desparate to take them.
Oklahoma would be invited but they're wanting to hang with Texas plus they demand a package deal with Oklahoma State. So no chance there.
Kansas might be interesting (their basketball franchise would greatly improve the SEC in that regard) but its rumored that they also demand a package deal with Kansas State. Also would Kansas bring any significant markets not already covered by Mizzou?
Iowa State brings no major markets; the only thing they offer is the AAU membership but that's probably not enough.
West Virginia tried to get in but were rejected and I doubt anyone in the SEC has changed their mind. They could probably get their markets with Pitt plus pick up an AAU member in the process.
And in any event the PAC would probably grab some schools from there first.
10 months ago on How An SEC-Big XII Scheduling Alliance Could Doom The ACC
If for some reason the SEC stays at 14 members for the foreseeable future I would like to see A&M and Florida be permanent rivals. It only makes sense for the SEC's two largest members (and two of the 10 largest in the whole country) pair off.
Our (I say this as a fan) extension centers would probably put us ahead (we have so many across the state), but organizationally they are separate entities under the A&M System. We're in the process of putting our medical campus under the main university, and we just got approved to purchase and take over a private law school in DFW.
10 months, 1 week ago on SEC Pushing Its Academic Oomph
@Roggespierre I'm glad you think A&M would have been outstanding as a B1G member and know that it is a world-class institution in its own right.
Of course we both know that it was never considering going there, invite or not, just like it had no interest in the PAC (and definitely wasn't going to go there just because Texas made some deal to take everyone). It was either stay in the Big 12 or jump to the SEC, and probably since 1990 the SEC is where it has always wanted to be.
Dr. Loftin (A&M) mentioned that, when attending meetings with other university heads at Association of American Universities meetings, the participants were seated in alphabetical order, and next to him was Dr. Machen (Florida). So not surprising they have worked together. (Recently A&M was the lead of a consortium that won a large federal grant for vaccine production. One of the members of the consortium? Florida.)
I have no doubt that whatever conference A&M wanted to join, its academic credentials alone would have gotten it in (including the highly selective Big Ten, you ask? A&M is an AAU member and #18 overall in terms of total research dollars. The only delay would be getting the CIC to simultaneously announce its invite as well.)
A&M was considered as a potential SEC member (along with arch rival Texas) as far back as 1990 (according to a recent article from Saturday Down South). We may tease them (t.u.) but they're no slouch in academia (AAU and #20 overall research dollars). Though if anyone was the big mover and shaker back in 2010 to get A&M to consider (once again) the SEC, it may have been Gene Stallings (yes, the former A&M and Alabama coach, at that time he was an A&M System Regent).
The PAC-12 has few desirable options for expansion within its borders (and you could probably say none as I can't see the university presidents/chancellors having too much interest in Boise State, UNLV, Nevada, or New Mexico). But just across the "border" are three HIGHLY desirable candidates--Texas (AAU member and the #1 revenue generating athletic department), Oklahoma (football power with a decent-sized national following, and it's just down the road from where the NCAA Women's College World Series is held--remember the PAC-12 is a softball power), and Kansas (AAU member and a dominant basketball power).
If the PAC-12 and the Big 12 form an alliance it would be like the hen house hiring the fox for "security services".
10 months, 1 week ago on Survivor, NCAA Style: Big 12 Talks Alliances, “Friends With Benefits”
Arkansas was quite willing to send Petrino packing, though his mess involved getting his mistress on the payroll ahead of over 100 other applicants (if any of them were more qualified AND a member of a protected group--minority and/or over age 40--now you're dealing with the Feds who make the NCAA look like gentle folks).
And let's not forget how quickly Penn State dumped Paterno when that news finally came out--they wouldn't even let him bow out at the end of the season. And that was MUCH worse than recruiting stuff.
Mizzou can't, and won't, keep Haith around. No program can afford to put itself that deep in a hole--the big money boosters will keep their wallets closed tight.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on An NCAA Show-Cause Penalty Would Likely Lead To Haith’s Ouster At Mizzou
@WolfDawgIn that or any ACC team to the SEC scenario only one team would have to move to the SEC West and Mizzou would be the clear choice.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on It's a B1G/SEC Race to Expand
The grant of rights that the Big 12 supposedly has in place. Which is very similar to a man asking his wife for a divorce so he can marry his mistress; the wife says fine but I get your paycheck for the next x number of years until the kids turn 18.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Big XII Commish: "We Could Be Proactive"
The PAC hosted their 2012 game at Stanford's home stadium and barely got over 31K to attend.
The SEC, meanwhile, has hosted their game at a neutral site since Year 1 (and since Year 3 has hosted it in Atlanta); it hasn't hurt them one bit.
The real reason that no one sees those games is because the games are garbage. How excited can you be about a game where the final score may resemble a basketball game (had USC and Oregon been the teams, their first game was 62-51)?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Texas A.D. On Expansion: “We’re Very Happy with 10″
Considering Texas lost to both new members this season they can ill afford any more additions!
In all seriousness, maybe the Big 12 has a point about not having a conference championship game. Although it works very well (and very profitably) for the SEC, it didn't do all that well for the Big 10 (where Nebraska, a program with very loyal fans, returned around 7,000 tickets) or the PAC-12 (where more fans attended Oregon State's rescheduled beatdown over rent-a-win Nicholls State than the PAC-12 CCG) or especially the ACC (where tickets were available so cheap on StubHub that you paid more for processing fees than the ticket itself). At least the Big 12 won't have to depend on some local government taxpayer subsidy to break even on a CCG.
Probably because Slive knows what's coming (or close to it) and simply has to negotiate what the terms are when the SEC expands beyond 14 members. Then wait until the Maryland situation sets the final exit fee, let Delaney grab the schools which wouldn't come to the SEC under any circumstances (UVA, GT, UNC, Duke), welcome VT and NCST with open arms, then sit back (bourbon and cigar in hand) and watch the cash roll in.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Big Ten Commissioner Talks Conference Expansion
In other words we could be looking at a repeat of last year. LSU couldn't throw the ball deep and Alabama loaded up 8-9 in the box the whole game.
11 months ago on Alabama - Notre Dame: The Keys For The Irish
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Another factor that came into play involves, of all things, the seating arrangement at AAU meetings.
It turns out that when the AAU member presidents/chancellors all get together, they sit in alphabetical order. During the relevant time period of A&M's rumored move to the SEC, the seating arrangement had Dr. Loftin (A&M's President) seated next to Dr. Machen (Florida's President). The two have become good friends--Dr. Machen attended the official press conference in College Station announcing the SEC's official acceptance of A&M into the SEC. (And when A&M won that huge vaccine research contract, the University of Florida is listed as a partner in the consortium of businesses involved.)
Stallings' involvement was more along the lines of convincing A&M bigwigs that the move made sense (though I don't deny he pulled out his old SEC Rolodex and made a few calls to some old Southern friends).
11 months, 1 week ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)
UT President Bill Powers is a Cal (Berkeley) graduate so he had a lot of interest in taking the school (which is considered very liberal, as is the City of Austin in general) out west to join their fellow arts and croissants crowd. (Austin has become a miniature Silicon Valley with many high-tech businesses either moving or expanding there).
The original PAC-16 plan, had it went through, would have cut off the SEC from realistic expansion into Texas (no way they take Baylor).
But what few people remember or even know, is that in 2010 one of the members of the A&M System Board of Regents (which oversees A&M) was Gene Stallings--yes, the former Alabama head coach. There is a lot of belief spread around message boards that Stallings was the main force behind A&M considering an SEC move over a PAC move. (Stallings term as a Regent expired in Feb 2011, before the decision to move was made.) It also happened that the Texas Legislature was not in session, as it meets only in the early part of odd numbered years, and had already adjourned (unlike most states, it can't call itself into special session--only the Governor can do that and then only he sets the agenda, there is no way he places on the agenda anything to keep A&M from moving to the SEC).
I think OU was turned down as it insisted on bringing Oklahoma State with them. If it were Texas and OU together and only those two, they would get in to the PAC.