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Texas A&M Joining SEC? Definitely Not Yet, But Probably Soon

Thursday night was a fun one for the evolution of the rumor that the Texas A&M Aggies are going to join the SEC within the next few years. Rivals site published a report that the deal is done -- wait, sorry, that was their report from last year that the deal was done. Just go to and you'll see it.

Here's a non-exhaustive list of some media outlets who've shot down the report that A&M has already joined or will definitely join the SEC (while perhaps granting that such a deal looks highly possible):

The Sporting News' Matt Hayes cites an SEC official who flatly denied the report and said, "Our conference presidents and athletic directors haven't met about it, and that has to happen before anything goes forward. There's a lot of work to do before we're anything close to that." You could count that as the first example of the SEC implying any interest in A&M, if you wanted.'s Chip Brown, a fellow Rivals publisher, got a Texas A&M official on the record to deny the deal being done. Brown cited three sources who say the potential move will be voted on at that August 22 board of regents meeting.

And multiple local beat writers stated the deal isn't yet done, though it probably will be at some point.

(This link isn't entirely newsy, but I love the simple, yet market-based, angle Dawg Sports took to try and figure out which ACC opponent the SEC should take to complement Texas A&M.)

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.