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Report: Texas Lawmakers About To Get Involved In SEC Expansion

According to Orangebloods.com — the Rivals site covering the University of Texas — lawmakers in the Long Star State are on the verge of involving themselves in Expansionpalooza 2011.  If they do, that could potentially be bad news for the SEC.

Until late last week, Texas politicians had given Texas A&M a free-pass to exit and head east to the Southeastern Conference.  But now legislators are worried that Texas and Texas Tech could bolt from the Big 12 and race west to the Pac-12.  Some/many/most politicos in Texas don’t want to see that happen.  So…

According to Orangebloods:

 

“Sources said the reason lawmakers are hot is that they received assurances from the Big 12, including (UT president Bill) Powers, that the Big 12 would survive without Texas A&M.

And because of those assurances, lawmakers did not take an aggressive stand against Texas A&M withdrawing from the Big 12.  But that may be changing.

Sources said members of the Legislature are or will be reaching out to Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin to tell him the Aggies may no longer have the blessing of lawmakers to leave the Big 12, especially if it looks like the Big 12 will collapse.”

 

In addition the site claims that Big 12 sources have said there is “an increasing likelihood of litigation” against the SEC.

Good luck to the Big 12 on that front.

The Big Ten began the expansion craze last summer.  The Pac-10 then began flirting with Texas and others in an effort to swipe four- to six-teams from the Big 12, which would have extinguished the conference in one push.  The Pac-1o was conducting an all-out raid last summer.  By comparison, the SEC simply answered a phone call this July.

When the smoke cleared in 2010, Nebraska had left for the Big Ten and Colorado had departed for the Pac-12 (as it’s now called).

Unless the judge overseeing such a silly case attended Baylor, the Big 12 would have a hard time convincing any sane person that it was actually the third school out the door that destabilized the league.  Especially when Oklahoma president David Boren has been making comments like this to the press:

 

“The Big 12 is not the same Big 12.  I was extremely disappointed when Nebraska departed.  Disappointed when Colorado departed.”

 

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel also stated last week:

 

“Obviously we have some issues in our league… When Nebraska leaves one year, Colorado leaves and then also now Texas A&M.  So it’s three real good football teams (that) are leaving.”

 

Do a Google search and you’ll find countless other Big 12 figures who’ve been publicly stating the obvious — that Nebraska and Colorado exited and hurt the league a full year before A&M started looking for an escape hatch.

But while a tortious interference case would likely be hard to prove, that doesn’t mean such a lawsuit still couldn’t gum up the works for Mike Slive and the Aggies.  The mere threat of a lawsuit could cause SEC presidents to slow down out of fear that the person hearing such a case really would be a Baylor grad… angry that his Bears are in danger of being left for dead in this round of realignment.  (Nevermind the fact that the Bears left TCU, SMU, Houston and Rice for dead when Baylor jumped to the Big 12 without remorse in the mid-90s.)

Back in 2003, several Big East schools filed suit against the ACC for a raid that netted the Southern league Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech.  In 2005, the ACC settled that suit for a grand total of $5 million.  Pocket change.

But television contracts have jumped to another level since 2005 and the Big 12 — whoever’s left of the Big 12 — would likely ask for a cool billion of SEC cash.  Well, even if there were just a 1% chance of losing that kind of cash, the SEC would need to do some serious risk/reward analyses.  Perhaps the league would decide to stand pat and not offer A&M a landing spot.  If that were to happen, would the Big 12 then be forced to re-admit a suddenly homeless Texas A&M?  Now that would be a happy, long-lasting marriage, to be sure.

Bottom line?  This thing isn’t over, folks.  In some ways, it may just be getting started.

Oh, boy.  Great.  ’Cause who wants to talk about football?

 

UPDATE — Pete Thamel of The New York Times reports that Judith Zaffirini — the chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee in Texas — claims the state senate has no intention of getting involved in conference expansion and realignment.

 


21 comments
Bob Magee
Bob Magee

Mr. SEC,

What's with the Longhorn Station, err I mean Show, no Network banner ad on your SEC Forum?

LOL - Just kidding, struck me as funny. Hell, take their money, I guess they have plenty!

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Bob Magee...

The top ad on our site is actually a Google ad. They record your interests and then place an ad up there that you're more likely to click on. If you click on it... we make a bit more cash. But the ad you get is different than the ad someone else might get.

So technically, we're not running their ad. You've just been reading so many stories that mention the Longhorn Network that Google figures you'd be interested!

Thanks for reading the site. It's appreciated.
John

UofA72
UofA72

Somebody answer this:

If Oklahoma, OSU, and Texas Tech go to the Pac whatever to get away from Texas' LHN, and self serving control, then why would Texas be invited to join? It's kind of like being fed up with an overbearing spouse, getting a divorce to remarry somebody better, then inviting your ex spouse to live with you so they can ruin that marriage too.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

From what i've read under the new pac 12 tv deal, you can have regional networks. So Texas and Texas Tech would have to share a network. But lets get real. In exchange for taking Texas Tech with them(when a school like kansas would probably be more attractive) the Longhorns Network will probably be mainly Texas. I'm sure they will have a few Red Raider shows and will probably show some old Red Raider games...............against the Longhorns. lol

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

All I can say is, we hope to be members of the SEC next fall (hopefully next week). We know we will find it rough sledding for a while, but honestly, I believe we will have more fun and raise the visibility of our university. The few SEC games I have attended have seemed like backyard brawls, but folks were having fun and rarely were mean spirited. Fight like siblings inside the conference and defend like brothers outside the conference.

Maybe that is naive on my part, but when I see folks sticking up or Vandy on this site and others, it tells me something will be different. Frankly, that kind of conference solidarity has not been around these parts for a long time.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

I've seen a lot of people say the Aggies will send in their application Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. I wonder if that's true?

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

Jamie, all i know is that were were told there would be "movement" on Tuesday or Wednesday. And that was from a "close source". So, whatever that means. A&M officials have been almost silent since Wednesday. For once, I believe silence to be a good sign.

UofA72
UofA72

I believe you've got a pretty good grasp of the SEC attitude. Y'all are going to love it here, as long as somebody doesn't get stupid and invite the longhorns.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

well, if the sooners, horns, cowboys, and red raiders go to the pac 12, I wonder if Mizzou is going to try and come to the sec?

UofA72
UofA72

Talked to a friend from Texas (lifelong) last night. He said never believe anything on orangebloods. He said it is nothing but a mouthpiece for Dodds, and it's used to throw up smoke screens for their real intentions. He has always defended UT's actions, but last night blamed them for the whole Big12 breakup. going back to Colorado and Nebraska.

The law suit threat sounds like another Dodds attempt to save face (and possibly job). The Notre Dame/Arkansas/BYU to the Big 12 article last week left him with a train load of egg on his face.

Orangebloods is still good to find out what's not going to happen, and also maybe a laugh at the unfounded UT arrogance.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

yeah i've read several articles from sites today, where some of the top texas lawmakers say they have no plans to get involved. Not even with the Longhorns. Texas Tech would be going with Texas anyway. A&M is going to the best conference in the country. Baylor is the only one left out. THey will probably go MWC who could pick up the BIg12's AQ for the BCS depending on who else they could add. Maybe Houston, Kansas St? who knows. I get a kick out of chip brown though.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

UofA72...

That's pretty much what's said about every Rivals, Scout and 24/7 site out there.

Regardless, we'll continue to try and inform our readers of what's being said with regards to possible SEC expansion.

John

UofA72
UofA72

Absolutely! That's why I always come to mrsec.com first and last. You show it all(along with links) and then sort through the garbage to find the pearls. I used to be able to say I didn't have any addictions.

Thanks for the great job! (and maybe the addiction)

viciousdawg
viciousdawg

Some day John will stop reading the propaganda on OrangeBloods. And thats all it is propaganda. Welcome to the SEC Aggies.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Viciousdawg...

Orangebloods.com was consistently ahead of everyone else regarding Big 12 expansion last summer.

Also, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that Texas' Lt. Governor would like to get involved in this mess... according to his very own spokesperson.

Read #30 in today's headlines.

John

hangtime79
hangtime79

The state of Texas doesn't matter now. Its all about Boren and OU. Boren wanted to go to the Pac-12, but A&M got cold feet. UT has no leverage without A&M and the ability to keep the conference together. If OU and OSU leave, the conference is done. UT has three moves now that Boren has forced the hand.

1. Go independent
2. Go to the B10G
3. Go to the Pac-12

Only the Pac-12 holds any value at this point for them because this conference is toast.

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

Respectfully, we NEVER wanted to go Pac 12. At least for those of us Aggies who have no decision power. SEC has been our preferred landing spot. I agree - OU is in the driver's seat. Thankfully, not Texas University.

hangtime79
hangtime79

Point taken Bob. TAMU has wanted to head to the SEC since the original Big 12 formed. For those who think OU is doing Texas's dirty work, I think Texas prefers being the big fish in the small pond versus heading to the Pac-12 and being just another fish. Boren played it beautifully and by taking it out of Texas hands makes it all the easier,

Bpsurf
Bpsurf

The Tx legislature is not in session until 2013. Although committee meetings can be called to rattle swords, they have no impact nor clout. The only way Tx politics can get involved AND make a difference is if a special session of the entire legislature is called. The only person that can do that is the governor, which by the way, is an Aggie. Not gonna happen. By the way the senate committee is on record for not wanting to get involved. See latest NY Times article by Pete Thamel.

University of TX is getting punked and is sending out propaganda to continually slow the process

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

GREAT, their true colors may be showing. By that I mean Powers & Dodds. Finally, maybe they have overplayed their hand. They are not the "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful" Innocents they claim to be.

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

I truly hope it is simply disinformation from the university in Austin. If not, I will find out how my state reps stood on the issue & will vote accordingly in the next elections. I am sure 90% of Texas Aggies will do the same. This has nothing to do with the job of a Texas Legislator.



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