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SEC Expansion: Texas A&M All But In, But Who's No. 14?

The SEC's soon-to-be 13th team, Texas A&M, has informed the Big 12 it will move along.

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Missouri, West Virginia Your SEC Expansion Finalists, According To Dennis Dodds

As Texas A&M expects to get the SEC all-clear on Wednesday, let's turn our attention to team No. 14. Actually, let's turn our attention to COLLEGE FOOTBALL THAT IS BEING PLAYED RIGHT NOW, but if we must turn our attention away from the sport ...

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodds says it's down to the West Virginia Mountaineers and Missouri Tigers for that last spot. That would remove such nonsense as the Maryland Terrapins and Louisville Cardinals from the running, plus the North Carolina Tar Heels and N.C. State Wolfpack. The biggest surprise would be the exclusion of the Virginia Tech Hokies, though I'd still assume they're in it based on how much time they spend denying their interest.

Mizzou would deliver a pair of big TV markets and turn in a reputable football program, while West Virginia is by far the best cultural fit on the board and would provide the Pittsburgh market. If it's a question of money versus culture, these might be the two schools you'd come down to as representative of each end of the equation, though of course each would also offer a bit of both.

Pretty, pretty interesting.

For more, head to West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket and Missouri blog Rock M Nation.


SEC Expansion: Texas A&M To Announce Big 12 Exit Tuesday, According To Report

The SEC will soon find itself with 13 teams for the 2012 football season if everything proceeds according to plan. The Texas A&M Aggies will withdraw from the Big 12 on Tuesday and then apply to join the SEC, Chip Brown of reports. That news comes moments after the report that the Big 12 and A&M have come up with an exit strategy that won't end with everybody suing each other to pieces. 

The SEC will likely try to find another school to pair with A&M, whether for induction in 2012 or to even things back up in 2013. It would be pretty awesome if the Aggies had to play one year in the SEC Way West. Speculated candidates for team No. 14 have included everyone from the Missouri Tigers to the Maryland Terrapins, and I'm sure some dummy threw out Notre Dame's name at some point too.

Looks like we'll have the 2011 football season to closely monitor a new SEC team and several potential future conference-mates.

For more on the SEC be sure and check out SB Nation's SEC blog Team Speed Kills.


SEC Expansion: Texas A&M Receives Big 12 Exit Plan In Letter

The SEC Expansion rumors seem to be coming closer to fruition following a new development on Monday afternoon. The newest development being, by the way, that Texas A&M received a letter allowing them to leave the Big 12 without the school being sued.

Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News has been made privy to the information included in said letter and, as the SEC had hoped, it includes details regarding any possible legal hurdles being cleared. The letter "outlines the withdrawal procedures according to the financial provisions of the Big 12 bylaws and mutual waivers of legal claims."

One hang up in the letter from the Big 12, though, included a mention of the league's bylaws "which would involve forfeiting 90 percent of conference revenue for 2010-11 and '11-12, an amount that could reach $28 million." Carlton wrote that he expects that fee could be negotiated down to a more amenable amount, however.

Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin issued the following statement regarding the letter.

"I certainly appreciate the discussion among the Big 12 presidents/chancellors and the expression of their desire for Texas a&M to remain in the conference," Loftin said in a statement. "We all agree that Texas A&M is an extremely valuable institution; thus, it is incumbent upon me, as the president of the university, to ensure that we are in a position to enhance our national visibility and future financial opportunity. While this is a complex and long-term decision, it is not our intent to prolong our conference exploration for an extended period of time."

The way Loftin makes it sound, this move could be done sooner rather than later.


SEC Expansion: After Texas A&M, What About Maryland, Missouri Or UNC?

While the Texas A&M Aggies try to negotiate their $28 million Big 12 disassociation fee down to something more like $10 million, let's talk SEC team No. 14. The Virginia Tech Hokies and Missouri Tigers have been frequently discussed targets, with some throwing out the North Carolina Tar Heels but assuming they'd be hard to get due to their ties to the Duke Blue Devils.

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd speculates the discussion could be down to Virginia Tech, Mizzou, UNC and ... the Maryland Terrapins. Hmmm!

The Terps would be well outside the conference's traditional footprint. Their state doesn't touch any current SEC state, and they'd be the northernmost school in the conference if they were added. It's a large university that would provide the D.C. and Baltimore markets, and SEC affiliation would empower the Terps to pick off more of those eastern Virginia recruits from the Hokies. 

I like UNC the best out of this list, and the more you think about it the more you wonder whether they're really all that tied to Duke. An out-of-conference football game between the two would be no problem, while playing basketball once per season would make the sport's best rivalry even more of a big deal. But a college basketball game won't be the only thing to keep a school from joining the SEC, even if it's a game as special as Duke-UNC.

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Texas A&M To SEC Likely Announced Within Week, According To Reports

Saturday, officials from the Big 12 and Texas A&M met via teleconference to discuss the school's imminently expected exit. According to reports, the announcement of A&M's departure for the SEC within the week is expected, and the Aggies could have to give up $20 million to their former conference to complete the move.

It would be super hilarious if all of that went to Texas, wouldn't it?

A&M has both admitted it wants to join the SEC and told the Big 12 that it's looking to leave. The major remaining hangup from the SEC's perspective is Mike Slive's desire for the Aggies and the Big 12 to have a clean break that doesn't make God's Conference look like a poacher. 

As far as replacing the Aggies in the Big 12 goes, there are murmurings that the Arkansas Razorbacks could head back west. Do not listen to them. I love the idea of the Big 12 becoming one big swinger's party by adding Notre Dame and BYU, schools with their own massive media interests, but Arkansas has no reason to even spend time considering leaving their current position to sit at Texas' table. 

For more on the SEC be sure and check out SB Nation's SEC blog Team Speed Kills.


SEC Expansion: Texas A&M Informs Big 12 It's Exploring Conference Options

The SEC's presumed 13th member officially told its current conference it's looking to make a move. The Texas A&M Aggies released the news Thursday that they've told the Big 12 they're looking at other conference options, which means the SEC, unless you're thinking they'll pull a fast one and wind up as the crown jewel of the Mountain West Conference. You sneaky Aggies.

According to the statement, A&M president R. Bowin Loftin sent a letter to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe outlining the following:

If the university withdraws from the conference, Texas A&M would do so in a way that complies with the Big 12's bylaws. Additionally, Texas A&M would be supportive of the Big 12's efforts to seek a new member of the conference.

"As I have indicated previously, we are working very deliberately to act in the best long-term interests of both Texas A&M and the State of Texas. This truly is a 100-year decision," said Loftin. "While we understand the desire of all parties to quickly reach a resolution, these are extremely complex issues that we are addressing methodically."

"Ultimately, we are seeking to generate greater visibility nationwide for Texas A&M and our championship-caliber student-athletes, as well as secure the necessary and stable financial resources to support our athletic and academic programs," Loftin added. "As a public university, Texas A&M owes it to the state's taxpayers to maximize our assets and generate additional revenues both now and well into the future."

The process of onboarding the Aggies could still take quite some time, but they appear to have put the ball in the Big 12's court. Since the SEC had reservations about bringing on a new school without full legal clearance, A&M's public request for insight into how to leave the Big 12 is a clear sign they're approaching the move according to Mike Slive's wishes.

For more on the SEC be sure and check out SB Nation's SEC blog Team Speed Kills.


Big 12 Could Set Quick Deadline For Texas A&M To Move To SEC

Time may be running out for Texas A&M football to commit to moving from the Big 12 to the SEC. As Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe told the Dallas Morning News, “We can’t operate with an institution waiting to decide if it wants to remain in the conference. There has to be a very short time for an institution to commit.”

There’s concern on Texas A&M’s side too. “We don’t want the Big 12 to go away. We have no intention of doing anything that might precipitate that,” University president R. Bowen Loftin said. Nevertheless Loftin said he will act in the best interests of his school and the state of Texas.

The Big 12 has already lost Nebraska and Colorado in 2010 and would certainly hate to lose another program, especially one of Texas A&M’s caliber. The Aggies bounced back from a combined 10-15 record in 2008 and 2009 by going 9-4 in 2010, finishing 19th in the final AP Poll. However, they have lost each of their last five bowl game appearances, last tallying a bowl victory in the 2001 Gallery Furniture Bowl.


SEC Expansion: Texas A&M Clears President To Take Action Regarding Conference Realignment

SEC expansion has been the talk of the college football universe for quite awhile now. Texas A&M’s Board of Regents took the expansion rumors a step further on Monday, too, as they voted to allow school president R. Bowen Loftin to take action regarding conference realignment.

This doesn’t mean that A&M will be leaving the Big 12, but considering their might be more lucrative options available and that the president now has clearance to look into those options, there’s a decent chance that conference realignment could happen in the near future.

The best line from the press conference following the meeting was the following, provided courtesy of D Thompson on Twitter.

“It’s not what’s wrong with the Big 12 as much as what’s right for TAMU.”

If the Southeastern Conference is right for Texas A&M University is still to be determined, but Loftin seemed to indicate that Sunday's meeting didn't have too much bearing on what he's trying to do.

Playing in a more difficult football conference might not be ideal for the Aggies, but could be right for A&M in the long run if the move actually happens. Fortunately, that decision is not in my hands but rather the hands of Mr. Loftin because I have a feeling there are going to be unhappy people regardless of the result.


SEC Conference Expansion: SEC Athletic Directors Meeting On Wednesday, Expansion Could Be Discussed, According To Report

Today's announcement by the SEC that no action would be taken at this time concerning expansion and Texas A&M doesn't eliminate the possibility all together. Instead it could delay the action for some time until the proper sequence of events can be put in motion. 

According to a report from Clay Travis, the SEC's Athletic Directors have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday which occurs after Texas A&M's Board of Regents meeting on Monday. The purpose of that meeting would be to empower the Aggie's school President with the power to make decisions concerning conference alignment. 

Today's move by the SEC doesn't kill the thoughts of expansion it only sets them up to happen in its proper sequence. The Conference risks lawsuits from the Big 12 if it suspects that SEC recruited one of its member schools to leave. If Texas A&M were to announce its departure from the Big 12 before the SEC formally issues an invitation then there wouldn't be as big a threat of litigation. 

It is also likely that the SEC would like some time to discuss a potential 14th member of the conference that would be needed if Texas A&M joined. This story isn't over by a long shot, instead it is just getting started.

For more on the SEC be sure and check out SB Nation's SEC blog Team Speed Kills.


SEC Conference Expansion: SEC Takes No Action In Regards To Expansion, Texas A&M's Joe Schad reports via twitter that the SEC did in fact meet on Sunday and have decided to take no action in regards to Texas A&M at this time. 

BREAKING: UF's Bernie Machen statement says no action on A&M; satisfied with present alignment; for now

It was expected that a formal invitation to join the league for Texas A&M would have came from this meeting just in time for the Aggies' Board of Regents meeting on Monday. At the very least, the entire process which may not be dead just yet is going to slow down. Here is the statement by the SEC.

"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."

So an invitation hasn't been made to Texas A&M or any other school as of yet but the SEC is reserving the right to do so at a later date. 


SEC Expansion: Big 12 Issues Statement Regarding Texas A&M Rumors

While we still are not positive whether or not the SEC is meeting on Sunday to discuss inviting Texas A&M to join the conference, we do know that the Aggies' Board of Regents will be meeting on Monday. It is expected that during that meeting, the Board of Regents will grant Texas A&M's president the power to make conference alignment decisions which would pave the way to accept an invite to a conference like the SEC if one is forthcoming.  

With the rumors in full circulation, the Big 12 Board of Directors met via teleconference on Saturday and issued a press release stating that the nine other members of the conference are all pushing to keep Texas A&M a part of the Big 12.

The Board strongly conveyed to Texas A&M its unanimous desire that it remain a Big 12 member, and acknowledged its value to the Conference. The Board noted that Texas A&M expressed concerns about institutional networks and that the athletics directors worked together and took actions, which the Board has approved, to adequately address those concerns..

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SEC Expansion News: Is the SEC Conference Meeting On Sunday Or Not?

There is now conflicting reports as to whether or not an actual meeting will take place on Sunday by the SEC Presidents to discuss an invitation for Texas A&M to join the conference. Previously the New York Times ran a story reporting that there would be a meeting on Sunday citing a source "with first-hand knowledge". 

Now the Sporting News has released a conflicting report that also cites an "high-ranking official from the SEC" saying that there is no meeting on Sunday. 

Presidents from the SEC will not meet on Sunday to discuss the possible move of Texas A&M to the SEC, a high-ranking official from the SEC told Sporting News on Saturday.

Obviously someone is wrong in this matter but at this point we have no way of knowing for sure. With Texas A&M board of regents meeting on Monday it would be likely that an invitation (or not) would be coming sooner rather than later. SB Nation's SEC Blog Team Speed Kills also thinks that it is likely a meeting is happening this weekend

My gut tells me that this thing is happening fast, and that the SEC presidents probably will meet. It's possible that the Times talked to someone who had heard about it and TSN talked to someone who hadn't. But there's no real way to tell, so take your pick.


Clemson Next To Refute SEC Expansion Rumors

A Saturday morning ESPN report that the SEC is planning to onboard Texas A&M, FSU, Missouri and Clemson has now been totally discredited from both sides every step of the way, other than the A&M part, which was dialed down. Not trying to be harsh. Just saying.

The latest up: Clemson, whose president, James Barker, told Travis Sawchik the school hasn't so much as discussed a move with the SEC, though he charitably adds they might think about it in the future.

All signs point to, at most, A&M being brought on in 2013 or later, with the SEC spending a year finding a complement. Pete Thamel reported the conference hasn't yet even discussed which school would become No. 14 in such a scenario. Of course, the SEC could still vote to reject the Aggies in the first place.

Aggies fans should stay anxious, I guess, while everybody else should just learn to enjoy this stuff. Everyone should learn to enjoy lots of things!


Actual SEC Expansion News: Texas A&M Not Definite, 14th Team Could Be Surprise

Here we go: Pete Thamel of the New York Times delivers serious insight into the process of potentially bringing Texas A&M and another school into the SEC. Citing a SEC official, Thamel reports that 11 SEC presidents will meet Sunday to discuss adding the Aggies.

Thamel's source pegs approval as likely, but not by any means definite. The conference's timeline sounds more sober than anything that would allow for a 2012 shakeup, thank the good Lord.That's not what A&M fans want to hear, and the rest of the report will disappoint more than a couple Florida State fans too.

The SEC hasn't chosen a 14th school yet, and there could be as much tension as had been expected regarding adding a school that plays in a state with a current SEC team. FSU is the only school that's been the subject of a report involving SEC interest.

While that might not be a dealbreaker, attention would then turn to ... N.C. State as a potential team No. 14? Virginia Tech and Missouri have more or less denied interest, and UNC and Duke are the toasts of their current conference. The Wolfpack would open up a new state and TV markets without straying from current footprints. Plus their Chick-fil-A game date with Tennessee could kick off a nice little rivalry. Just speculation here, but the point of all this is we have actual news up there.


Missouri AD Denies SEC Interest, But Add Clemson To Rumors

We know Texas A&M is likely leaving the Big 12. It's been reported the Florida St. Seminoles are in some sort of discussion with the SEC. A move to 14 would be a big deal and all, but could the SEC be looking to go straight to 16 teams?

Let's very highly doubt it. I'm only sharing this to get to the paragraph below, which is actual news, but here it is: a Doug Gottlieb report says the SEC plans to add A&M, FSU, the Clemson Tigers and the Missouri Tigers, based on an Aggies source. And now for the important part:

Mizzou athletic director Mike Alden, however, has pretty strongly denied the report of his school showing even the slightest interest in the SEC or any other conference, which is ... interesting, since they supposedly wanted into the Big Ten so badly. Florida State's president did the same regarding FSU, though in much less emphatic tones that still lead one to put them atop the list of potential invites.

Entirely too many Tigers going on here, so let's happily disregard Mizzou and assume no Clemson either.


SEC Expansion: Texas A&M Schedules Announcement Press Conference

Catch up in the rest of this StoryStream on where Texas A&M's attempt to join the SEC stands. And that's the correct way to put it, at this point, as the Aggies are clearly intent on leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC, should the SEC invite them. On to the news!

The school's decision-makers are supposed to have a vote on Monday to give President R. Bowen Loftin the power to switch conference allegiances. (This means they've already decided to do just that, and you don't decide to do that unless you've got a destination in mind.) A press conference has reportedly been set for shortly after, at which A&M is expected to announce it's leaving the Big 12.

The Texas Longhorns, who've largely contributed to this whole mess by being Texas, sent out a statement on the matter Friday night expressing best wishes for their departing rivals. If you need Texas, they can be found weeping into buckets of gold while watching oil derricks spew $100 bills all over the place.

In other news! ACC commish John Swofford said he hasn't heard anything about any of his schools leaving after FSU's president assured him of some sort of loyalty. This item is not worth anything.

For more on A&M, head to I Am The 12th Man. For more SEC, venture to Team Speed Kills.


FSU Prez, Louisville AD Downplay SEC, Big 12 Expansion Rumors

The Palm Beach Post reported the Florida St. Seminoles have been discussing a trip to the SEC with the conference for months now, and that the courtship is heating up. Do courtships heat up? FSU president Eric Barron commented on the news either way, saying he hasn't had any talks about the athletic department leaving the ACC.

If you noted he didn't say others throughout his school haven't had such talks, you get a helmet sticker.

The Louisville Cardinals have been mentioned as a potential Big 12 stopgap or an addition to the SEC in the event that God's Conference goes to 16. U of L athletic director Tom Jurich, however, says he likes the Big East just fine. Would he like it just as much if the nation's premier football conference came calling, or if he got the chance to ... well, to play on the Longhorn Network?

If there's a battle to add Louisville, definitely think the SEC has the upper hand there, but I'm not too sure that there is.

For more FSU, head to Tomahawk Nation. Louisville fans, visit Card Chronicle. And for more SEC, get to Team Speed Kills.


Texas A&M Likely Gone From Big 12, Say Texas And Kansas ADs

The SEC expansion plan, as it currently appears to stand, is for the Texas A&M Aggies to formally leave the Big 12 before accepting an invitation into the Southeastern Conference. As Team Speed Kills surmises, the SEC looks like it would rather not step on the Big 12's toes while acquiring a new team. [via Southern hospitality]

Texas Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds thinks A&M is all but gone, adding that he'd be fine with either nine or 10 teams, with the latter preferred. Getting back up to 10 wouldn't be all that hard if the Houston Cougars joined on, as is the current reported contingency plan. Kansas Jayhawks counterpart Sheahon Zenger agrees, expressing that the nine schools left will make for a strong and unified conference.

As long as everybody's cool with Texas having the head of the table, the entire dessert cart and the table itself, the Big 12 can enjoy a long and prosperous run. We know the Missouri Tigers, for one, aren't entirely happy. 

For more SEC expansion, head to Team Speed Kills


Texas A&M Schedules Monday Meeting To Discuss Conference Realignment, According To Report

Texas A&M's board of regents has scheduled a Monday meeting to discuss a move to the SEC, according to Brent Zwerneman.

Also, the Texas House of Representatives' Higher Education Committee will meet Tuesday to "discuss matters pertaining to higher education, including collegiate athletics." As Andy Staples explains, that means they're going to talk about Texas A&M's efforts to join the SEC even though it's unlikely they could actually stop it at this point.

The A&M board of regents meeting on August 22 will be the big one, but this one is probably important too, I guess. I'm not a house committee expert. Oh, like you are. Maybe the important thing is that two branches of Texas' state government are now talking about the potential realignment.

Oklahoma Sooners officials are also meeting to talk about what to do should the Big 12 blow up. There may also be mention of whether OU should consider trying to secure an SEC invite of its own, but that still seems like a stretch. 

One meeting that hasn't been scheduled: an "emergency meeting" of SEC presidents for the weekend. So rest assured no deal will officially be offered the Aggies before Monday at the absolute earliest, but I don't see any reason why the SEC needs to hurry this along. Waiting until the offseason might be the wisest move, matter of fact.

For more on A&M, head to I Am The 12th Man. For more SEC, venture to Team Speed Kills.


Dan Beebe Tells Texas A&M He Only Needs Texas Anyway, According To Report

Brent Zwerneman reports Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has told the Texas A&M Aggies that the conference can get by just fine without them, and that the Texas Longhorns are the key to the operation anyway. According to the report, the Houston Cougars could get the call-up if the Aggies leave.

If this report is true, then either Texas A&M is going to the SEC or, um, the Atlantic Sun or something. Don't really see any way you come back from this one. Even if Beebe doesn't really believe all that, A&M having all its suspicions and qualms confirmed at once by the commish would spell the end of their relationship with the Big 12.

This really comes across as more of a parting shot than a last straw. A&M isn't going to join the SEC this weekend or anything, but expect the school to leave the Big 12 shortly. You should even be surprised if they don't!

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Virginia Tech AD Rejects SEC Expansion Rumors

If the SEC wants to expand by bringing on Texas A&M and an eastern school, as the current hypothesis goes, should they go after Florida State, Virginia Tech or a sleeper pick? FSU is reportedly already in talks with the conference, so what about the Hokies?

Via Kyle Tucker, VPI athletic director Jim Weaver says his school hasn't been contacted by the SEC and would probably decline if invited. Add Virginia Tech to Miami on the list of schools that have announced their disinterest.

 Virginia Tech had to have a good bit of political assistance to reach the ACC in the first place, and some have theorized they wouldn't be able to leave Virginia behind. With both schools in BCS conferences, the Hokies might be able to make the jump, but are apparently pleased with winning a trip to the Orange Bowl every other year or so. 

Especially if Florida State moves along to the ACC ... how excited are ACC fans for the future of the conference in that scenario?

For more Virginia Tech, head to Gobbler CountryTeam Speed Kills is keeping up with SEC expansion news.


Florida State, SEC Talking Conference Realignment, According To Report

As the Texas A&M move to the SEC starts to look almost sort of likely, we must deploy the side-eye to deducing which eastern school would be brought on to re-balance the conference's geography. We must! Adding Oklahoma would be great and all, but Texas A&M itself is southeastern by only the faintest definitions.

Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, NC State and Louisville (LOL) have been brought up the most often. The Hokies appeared to be the front-runner, based on absolutely nothing solid said by anybody ever, as they'd add a handful of large and transient media markets up the coast, not to mention box in the ACC's North Carolina stronghold while robbing the lesser conference of its best recent football program.

But wait!

Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post reports the SEC may favor FSU, as evidenced by ongoing discussions:

Florida State officials have been flirting with the SEC for several months and the discussion now are getting more serious, according to sources ... "This is real," said a source close to FSU.

For insight into why the SEC might prefer to bring on a program whose turf overlaps with at least two or three current SEC schools, take a look at Dawg Sports' TV coverage breakdown. The Noles don't just deliver Tallahassee -- they're perhaps the only truly national football team the SEC could add while still remaining in its traditional geographic footprint.

Some combination of Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia wouldn't like bringing on FSU, but if the prize is a chance to dip into Texas' recruiting grounds, perhaps enough of that bloc could be convinced otherwise to make Florida State a possibility.

For more on FSU, head to Tomahawk Nation. For more SEC, venture to Team Speed Kills.


Site Reports Texas A&M Joining SEC; Continue To Treat Rumor As Rumor

Pay-walled Rivals site is reporting "the [Texas A&M] Aggies have cast their lot with and have been accepted by the Southeastern Conference." This comes after a couple days in which the long storyline finally got its first few bits of actual information, so plenty of A&M fans were primed to react to just about anything, and there it is.

Take it for what it's worth, which is a story you're probably not going to read since it's pay-walled. Team Speed Kills reacts in ten-foot-pole fashion to the report.

If nothing else, this report should accelerate somewhat the news process, as every A&M beat writer and blogger is now hustling to find something to either confirm or deny. Not that they weren't anyway. You know. Still, we've yet to see anything out of the SEC to suggest the interest is reciprocal.

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Texas A&M Regents Meeting On Aug. 22 Could Include SEC Discussion

Still waiting to see a single sign from the SEC that an acquisition of Texas A&M or conference realignment of any sort is in their interest, but whatever. Now that a number of important Aggies and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe have agreed the school is at least thinking about what it might be like to change conferences, attention turns to an August 22 meeting between Texas A&M's regents.

Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News confirms the scheduling of that meeting, adding that topics of discussion must be added by August 19. Others have reported the SEC hasn't yet been included on the docket, but that it could be.

Sounds like it will likely be discussed, too, with Chip Brown of reporting regents are "seriously studying" the potential move.

Which is many steps shy of actually attempting the move. And which would also require the SEC to be seriously studying Texas A&M in return. There's no evidence of that yet.

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Texas A&M-To-SEC Conversations 'Being Had,' Says Governor Rick Perry

Here we have the first actual, non-message board news to report in the somehow-ongoing saga of the Texas A&M Aggies' long-supposed flight to the SEC: Texas governor Rick Perry said, "As far as I know, conversations are being had" when asked about the rumors. He then deferred to College Station's decision-makers themselves.

Perry is an Aggie alum and the most powerful individual in the state of Texas short of Bevo. Hate to say it, but sort of feel there's at least a tiny something to it, even if it's just Texas A&M talking amongst itself or Texas A&M and the SEC conducting basic due diligence upon each other (lewd!).

Or it could be Perry attempting to provide a little substance to what's up until now been a whole lot of empty shouting about absolutely nothing concrete.

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No High School Games For Texas Longhorn Network, Perhaps Curbing SEC Talk

Update: Nope, let's get right back to speculating on how many ACC basketball teams the SEC will need to import in order to balance out its acquisitions of Oklahoma, Notre Dame and USC.

Reports of Texas A&M's imminent flight to the SEC might die down for another few months after Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe announced the new Texas Longhorns network won't be able to broadcast high school games. Wait, huh? Let's back up.

A&M, along with quite a few others, felt that Texas having the power to show high school games would give them an incredible recruiting advantage. They'd be able to send region-wide attention to players they were in the process of recruiting, something no school in the conference could compete with. That, along with various other inequalities, had Aggies fans looking strongly at the SEC. Again.

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Texas A&M President Says Longhorn Network Has Created Big 12 'Uncertainty'

Brent Zwerneman of the the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle has quotes from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin after the school's closed-door meetings about the Longhorn Network. Loftin said A&M hasn't been in contact with the SEC "in quite some time," but he understands why the conference's football prestige would allure many an Aggies fan.

Loftin "congratulated" the Texas Longhorns for developing an ESPN cash cow (Longhorn! cow!), but expressed concern about how it will be deployed in the future, stressing that the Big 12 is hoping to do something about the discord stirred up by the new media behemoth.

Presumably he was asked about the SEC there, and didn't just free-associate worries about the Texas network into SEC praise. But until issues between the Lone Star rivals are resolved (any day now!), the Southeastern Conference is going to linger as a subplot. Their spat may not ultimately affect the SEC at all, but it's worth keeping an eye on. It's July, anyway.

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Texas A&M, Oklahoma In New SEC Realignment Rumor

Ah, there we go. It wouldn't be a Texas A&M conference realignment story if the Oklahoma Sooners weren't also involved. How does it go? A&M and Oklahoma plump up the West, while Clemson and ... wait, this is actually coming from national media and not a message board?

The Sporting News' Matt Hayes reports the two programs are eying the SEC, with the main issue being exactly the one you'd expect: the Texas Longhorns new network and its power to broadcast games of Texas high school recruits. The news that the Longhorn Network will feature out-of-state games sent the college football world into a tizzy Tuesday night, and from the sounds of it A&M and Okie feel the same way.

Earlier in the day at SEC Media Days, commissioner Mike Slive said on the subject of superconferences, "I could get to 16 (teams) in 15 minutes."

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Texas A&M-To-SEC Rumors Spark Up Again As Aggies Discuss Longhorn Network

It's been awhile, but here we are again. For about a week now, fresh rumors of the Texas A&M Aggies moving to the SEC have surfaced, with the school's concern over the Texas Longhorns new Longhorn Network apparently driving the speculation.

Texas A&M regents are set to meet with Network representatives to discuss what the ESPN-backed television venture means for the Big 12. It's hard to imagine they'll hear anything to like about the network, because, I mean, have you been keeping up with this thing?

If news of that meeting sets off SEC realignment buzz, just imagine what further developments in this story are going to do. A&M can't so much as glance in Austin's direction without stirring up talk that they'll be on their way to God's Conference any day now. But we've been talking about it for years now anyway, so let's keep it up!

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Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne Thinks Texas Network Is Unfair Advantage

Tensions are mounting (ew!) between the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies over the Horns new ESPN network. Not that tensions aren’t pretty much always mounting (stop that!) between these two teams, schools, and fanbases, but A&M’s athletic director has pretty much accused his Austin neighbors of cheating.

Or setting up a way to very subtly cheat to great effect, at least. Aggies AD Bill Byrne thinks the network’s plans to televise Texas high school football games could constitute a recruiting violation. Texas already completely dominates Lone Star State recruiting, so how much more of an edge could they possibly get?

Still, this is one more reason to believe the Aggies are at least considering a search for a way out of the Big Presently 12 Or So, with the only logical landing place being the SEC. The benefits of accepting the call-up would be obvious — a chance to become something more than an object in Texas’ shadow, another recruiting pitch — and their reasons for staying are dwindling by the day.


Conference Realignment: Texas A&M To SEC Buzz Returns After Texas' ESPN Deal

Come on now -- you didn't think we'd make it through the 2011 college football offseason without conference realignment talk, did you? Last summer's considerable shuffling didn't affect the SEC or ACC directly, but the rumor factories (why do they always have to be mills?) didn't go down quietly. The Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners to the SEC, the Arkansas Razorbacks to the Big 12, half the ACC to the SEC or Big Ten, half the Big East to the ACC ... last summer was awesome. Even though none of it happened.

Certain Texas A&M supporters aren't giving up on it just yet, either. After the Texas Longhorns announced the genesis of their own ESPN network, other Big 12 members are starting to feel more than ever that there's just not room enough in the conference for, like, anybody but Texas

Let's face it. We're going to have to talk about this stuff at some point this offseason. The Mountain West Conference added Hawaii during the football season and might be in the process of adding Utah State and San Jose State, and Nebraska, TCU, and Utah are among the schools in the middle of a switch. Those moves will surely have a ripple effect that will eventually cause the Georgia Bulldogs to join the Pac-12.

No. But I'm just saying, this stuff is out there. Get ready.

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