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Legal Threat From Baylor Halts A&M/SEC Expansion For Now

When Nebraska left the Big 12, no one sued.  When Colorado left the Big 12, no one sued.  When TCU and BYU left the Mountain West, no one sued.  When Boise State left the WAC, no one sued.

But with Texas A&M set to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, the threat of lawsuit has slowed the process.

The Big 12 last week waived its right to litigation which appeared to open the door for A&M and the SEC to officially consummate their relationship.  That was expected to happen today.  But the SEC’s presidents want assurances that no Big 12 school will act on its own to sue.

Baylor has not given that assurance.

“We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action,” said Florida president Bernie Machen in a statement released by the SEC this morning.  “The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure.  The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2, 2011.”

A&M’s announcement and celebration are now on hold.  The SEC has voted to accept A&M — unanimously, as expected — but not without Baylor agreeing not to sue.  So the ball is clearly in Baylor’s court.

Baylor and president Kenneth Starr are literally holding Texas A&M and every other school in the country hostage.  They are preventing other universities from acting in their own best interests. 

Nevermind the fact that Baylor high-tailed it for the Big 12 back in 1996 with nary a thought for old SWC mates TCU, SMU, Rice and Houston.

In addition to releasing its statement, the SEC also released the Big 12′s letter sent on September 2nd.  The letter from commissioner Dan Beebe read in part: “We both agreed it is in the best interests of each of our conferences and our member institutions of higher education to waive any and all legal actions by either conference and its members resulting from admission of Texas A&M into the SEC, as long as such admission is confirmed publicly by September 8, 2011.”


UPDATE – Some have pointed out that the remaining Big East schools sued the ACC when it absconded with Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech in 2003.  But as we recently noted on the site, that lawsuit was eventually settled for a paltry $5 million — in league terms — two years later.

That suit was not the act of one school, it didn’t feature a billion-dollar claim (as has been suggested regarding an SEC suit), and it was not aimed at one, lone conference commissioner (as it’s been suggested that Baylor might sue Mike Slive personally).  This one appears to be a first of its kind move by the Bears.

 


22 comments
mith242
mith242

Personally I think Texas A&M is a good fit for the SEC. Yeah I know there's a lot of people out there who don't want to see the mega-conferences come along, I get that. But just about everyone keeps saying they see this becoming inevitable. If that's the case I don't think the SEC needs to rest on it's laurels. I'd rather see the SEC be proactive and try to get the best schools out there. Not having to go for the leftovers after the other conferences like the PAC take whoever they want.

Chuck Ivey
Chuck Ivey

Not mentioned in any of this is the potential legal threat Baylor would face if it succeeds in holding-up A&M. Right now, Baylor's most valuable asset is its threat to sue. Whether such suit has any merit is an entirely different matter. I may be an outsider looking in, but A&M appears (to me anyway) to have a much stronger case against Baylor for their tortuous interference in the agreements existing between the SEC and A&M. Plus, this is only compounded by the very real possibility that Baylor may also be liable for their rather blatant breach of contract (they gave consent to the move but then withdrew it once the circumstances changed).

My gut feeling is that this is actually a desperate last-ditch effort to try and strong-arm the SEC (and Texas A&M) into inviting Baylor as the much-discussed "14th team." Of course, I doubt it would work since threatening to sue someone is not exactly the best way to make a good first impression.

Micheal Cummings
Micheal Cummings

I think Baylor made a enemy out of the wrong conference, you dont sit there and throw this stuff up like this a hour before their meeting, plus they are very busy people as well. Ken Starr will wish that he didnt do that. They need to grow up and move on.

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

they have nothing to lose- they are being banished to obscurity so they might as well put up a fight

SEC may be an enemy from now on, but if Baylor joins CUSA the SEC wont waste their time trying to ruin a puny unimportant enemy like Baylor

Alan Miller
Alan Miller

Just give Baylor a home and home series with SEC teams for the 20 years or so and be done with it.

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

they can play A&M

how about that? Why should the rest of the SEC have to pay for A&M's entry. If they want in, they can play Baylor for 20 years

john
john

i would love it if tiny ol baylor screwed this up for everyone.
Cause I dont want to see it happen at all.

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

I'm with you John

As a fan this adds very little in terms of excitement- A&M seems like a bunch a babies running away from big brother Texas and i'd find it quite funny if they went through all this and had it blow up in their face at the last minute

A&M needs the SEC more than the SEC needs A&M... even as attractive as the "TV Markets" may be to the money hungry SEC officials

And please God, if you are out there, please dont bring MizzWHO into the SEC no matter what.

john
john

totally agree tamu coming over does nothing at all for my excitment, i could care less about outlying bonuses.

if the sec HAD to expand then i would much rather see southern schools not friggin texas schools

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

yep- we have nothing in common with A&M and MizzWHO

not compared with FSU or Clemson or some other ACC schools

but TV is all that matters anymore... and that sucks for the fans IMO

Martes Stewart
Martes Stewart

You know, posting in 1990, you know who I would consider a medicore SEC program...Florida. Man they sucked, 70 years in the conference and those bums could not post 1 SEC/Southern championship. That program, such a train wreck, never would have annointed them a stellar SEC program. Should ditch them and get Penn State.

But I would have been wrong, wouldn't I? Yet the evidence at the time would have supported such an arguement. When you think that Florida has only been competitive for 20 years, it changes your focus. Or that Ole Miss was once a power. That the Big10 schools ruled the land at one point. Sit on your hands if you want, think your untouchable, thats what smart people do, right?

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

well i dont think we have ever "kicked anyone out"

so thats not the issue

and does adding A&M make the SEC better ? NO

it just makes the SEC "MORE MONEY"

whether this happens or not the SEC is still going to donkey punch the rest of the country when it comes BCS time for years to come

Martes Stewart
Martes Stewart

The join Big10 fandom. CAuse its just saying that the Pac12 is better and deserves more money. The SEC needs to expand or be 3rd place for the next decade. On field wins or no.

john
john

i have no i idea what you just posted.
I am assuming it is something abou the big 10 and the sec could be in 3rd place.
Can you try again?

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

The SEC could drop down to just 6 teams, and All 6 of those teams would still run a train on the poor slow Big Televen plus 1

Big 10 and Pac 12 could go to 40 teams... but it doesn't matter b/c they still can't compete with the upper echelon of the SEC as it currently stands

The teams the SEC are considering for expansion are not ever going to be representing the SEC as powerhouses, they are mediocre middle of the road programs being considered for TV Markets alone. The Powers of the SEC will remain the same as they have always been

Unless the Big Televen plus 1 or the Pac 12 can add Florida, LSU, or Alabama, the SEC will continue to dominate the rest of the conferences as it has for the past decade

Martes Stewart
Martes Stewart

World does not work that way. Ask the American auto industry. SEC got slapped in the face by the PAC12 deal, the Big10 deal now that its expanded looks to be even larger come 2016. But at least thats 4-5 years off, the PAC deal happened within a year of the SEC framework and its looking to pay its schools about 10-12 million more per year. In the world of college football, where recruiting is king, such disparity can and often does lead to losing your edge. The SEC needs to inovate and expand and Texas A&M is a great school to do such with. Provides everything you cuold want loyal fans, great markets, AAU member, and want to win on the field.

Martes Stewart
Martes Stewart

Alright will break it down, don't mind. The Big10 is the conference that abhors change, that sits around waiting for others to do things and often gets left at the gate. They had one great innovation, the Big10 network, I will give them that. But other than that they abhor expansion, nearly excluding Penn State refusing OU on account of OSU and the same with Texas on count of Tech. They for years left their teams without a championship game and stop their regular season nearly a week earlier than everyone else's. They are the conference of standing pat and not thinking of the future, only looking back at how grand thigns were and will forever remain as long as they remain unchanged.

Vol_guy
Vol_guy

I can't imagine Baylor looking very good to potential conference suitors with a play like this. If the Big 12 dissolves who is going to take them?

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

I thought they might go to the Mountain West and they might get the big 12 AQ for the bcs. You can forget that now. Who would want these trouble makers? Remember when the big 12 formed, it was going to be TCU, not Baylor in it. THey were all set when Baylor Grad Governor Ann Richards told the other Texas schools funding would be cut, unless they added Baylor. TCU got left out in the cold and the rest is history. Something for a christian school.

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

nobody was gonna take them anyway

they dont have much to lose IMO- they'll still get an invite from Conference USA

Martes Stewart
Martes Stewart

At some point, the SEC presidents need to man up and face Baylor head on. This school has proven in the past it will do anything to not lose its place at the table other than field competitive teams. Their suit has no merit, let them flail against the wind if they want. Your only emboldening the likes of Iowa State and others by giving into this.

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