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SEC to Remain at 12, No Texas A&M Invite At This Time

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Statement from Dr. Bernie Machen, Chair, Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors:

“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.”

Think it’s going to awkward at the next Big 12 party when Texas A&M shows up?

What this means is simply that the SEC needs more time.

They need time to determine is Texas A&M is a worthwhile addition. If you recall from last summer, it was the Pac-10 that was to be perceived as the “bad guy”, changing the landscape with the proposed Pac-16. So adding TAMU and a 14th school would have been reactionary. If the SEC is going to change the game, they need to be smart about it.

The SEC ADS are planning to meet this week and the topic will be discussed as well.

The other large hold-up in a Texas A&M invite was the last of a defined (and worthy quality) 14th school. With the hesitations that some current SEC schools have over adding in-state rivals, it’s not as easy as cherry picking the top school available. It could mean settling for Missouri…a school passed over by the Big Ten last year, or Big East schools WVU or Louisville.

And as many have pointed out, the “no decision” today could be a tactic in which TAMU leaves the Big 12 first and the SEC invites them as an independent rather than as a member of the Big 12.

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  • Andy

    From everything I’ve read (hear and elsewhere), it seems that the SEC doesn’t want to rush into things and they don’t have to. They may want to have a firm 14th school lined up (and maybe even 15 and 16) before worrying about A&M who is obviously eager to join. It also looks like A&M has a few things to get in order before it tries to bolt the Big 12, namely financial and legal stuff.

    Meanwhile, is the Big 12 in full gear to line up a replacement (and maybe more)? Do they look at going back to 12 as a way to bring in more money for the conference? The Big East may be looking at some of the same schools the Big 12 might want (Memphis and Houston). Does that force their hand to move any quicker on their expansion plans?

  • More than likely the SEC made any invitation contingent on Florida State likewise accepting an offer and the latter didn’t happen. There is little doubt that reading between the lines of the denials of Florida State officials there is an abundance of hesitancy about the whole affair. Last year FSU AD Randy Spetman admitted he did have some talks (likely informal) with SEC officials, so yeah the Seminoles are in play. Likewise this gives the Big-12 the time to rethink their logic about accepting contraction in their league as finality. The power brokers in that league will likely think about inviting BYU to the league for 2013-2014 as a sign of stability at the very least and get a replacement school in place should the Aggie divorce from the Longhorns reach fruition.

  • In the back of my mind, I think I knew that would happen. There’s always bureaucracy and red tape before anything big happens.


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