Just a couple of Texas A&M- and Missouri-related tidbits for you this morning before we get into the main SEC news:
1. A source told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that there is “no longer any fear that the remaining schools (in the Big 12) will claim they were financially damaged by the Aggies’ departure.”
2. ESPN’s Ivan Maisel lets Texas A&M have it for daring to do what the school has considered doing since the 1980s… moving to the SEC.
3. This writer look at the existing relationships between the Aggies and their future SEC kin.
4. From ex-Aggie coach RC Slocum (who got the news while in Knoxville) to ex-A&M AD John David Crow (who once worked with LSU to get his school into the SEC) to John Calipari (who tweeted a welcome to hoops coach Billy Kennedy), reaction to A&M’s move is pouring in.
5. David Ubben of ESPN introduces A&M to SEC fans.
6. For all Baylor’s talk of protecting Lone Star State football and keeping travel distances short, it doesn’t look like the Big 12 will be adding any teams from Texas. Surprising. Really expected Kenneth Starr to fight like Hell for the schools BU left behind in 1996. (Sarcasm.)
7. The St. Louis Dispatch now says all eyes are on Missouri to see what the Tigers will do. The door for a move may be open following a comment by Big 12 interim commish Chuck Neinas on Friday in which he said he believe the league could be viable even without Mizzou.
8. This writer for The Kansas City Star says MU’s heart may be in the Big 12, but its head might decide to go with the stability and security of the SEC anyway.