SEC has no intention of pulling away. The SEC needs Texas A&M just as much as A&M needs the SEC. We have both put too much of ourselves in this expansion to just give up now. I know A&M SEC is going to happen. We as fans need to have some patience and let the conference leaders and our university leaders do their jobs. Give this some time people. We are looking forward to A&M being a part of our conference and I know there are alot of fans here in the SEC that are excited to begin seeing A&M within our athletic schedules in all sports not just football.
Texas A&M fans are getting antsy. Who wouldn’t considering their school’s situation? Currently, they’re looking at a 2012 season with no conference to call home and without the massive television revenue such a home would provide. That ain’t good.
Unfortunately, some hot heads are hitting the messageboards and talk radio stations to rip the SEC for not simply plowing right through the legal threats currently being tossed about by the Aggies’ rivals. In their view, the SEC’s got nothing to lose. If they’re not willing to grab A&M then the Aggies should start calling the Big Ten or the Pac-12.
Again, we said these were the hot heads of the A&M fanbase. Check an Aggie messageboard and you’ll find ‘em.
But in reality, the SEC’s decision to allow Baylor and crew to stall and delay makes sense from a number of angles. Below are five:
1. No billion-dollar entity is going to ignore the threat of a possible billion-dollar lawsuit being filed against it. No matter how silly the lawsuit might seem to non-lawyers — like the guys here at MrSEC.com — in the press. The SEC is being prudent in asking A&M to get its house in order.
2. By punting the ball back to A&M and the Big 12, the SEC set the table for the Pac-12 and Oklahoma to possibly start the whole expansion train rolling, thus ending any lawsuits against A&M or the SEC before they could be filed. But the Pac-12 and OU are adamant that they won’t move until A&M goes. Hey, the SEC gave it a shot.
3. The SEC is clearly in no rush. A&M is in the rush. In fact, it was A&M that forced Mike Slive’s league into the hurry-up offense in the first place. From an SEC perspective, if this thing takes a few more days to play out, that’s more time to consider possible options for School #14 and beyond.
4. It’s likely that the SEC does not want to see the entire college football landscape shift. Everyone knows it’s coming at some point, but since the success of such a set-up is still a great unknown, no one — including the SEC — wants to rush it. So if allowing Baylor (and others) to slow the process down helps to eventually keep the Big 12 together, the SEC would likely be just fine with that. The SEC could simply look east for its School #14… and a rebuilt Big 12 would be less likely to spawn lawsuits against the league and A&M.
5. It’s possible that the SEC will eventually tire of this mess and plow forward if league lawyers believe the conference is completely buttoned-up from a legal perspective. If that day comes, the league has now given itself more time to bone up on every clause and sub-clause in the Big 12′s contracts with Texas A&M.
Conference expansion isn’t made for our fast-food/Twitter world. These things take time. And the SEC is wisely not rushing matters.