Saturday, September 03, 2011
Texas A&M SECeding
I said 'final Big 12 season' because they announced earlier this week that they were leaving the increasingly shaky Big 12 conference for what they hope will be membership in the SEC as the league's 13th team.
A letter was sent Monday night by the school to University of Missouri chancellor and Big 12 board chairman Brady Deaton informing the league that they wish to leave.
"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," A&M president R. Bowen 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."
Texas A&M is the third school in less than 15 months to leave the Big 12. Nebraska and Colorado bounced last year for the Big 10 and Pac-12 respectively and with the longterm prospects for the Big 12 looking shakier by the day Oklahoma is now evaluating its options as well.
A&M is still interested in continuing the traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalry game with the Longhorns but that seems unlikely right now. The burnt orange flavored Hateraid started flowing almost immediately with the Aggies announcement that they are looking to chart a new SEC destiny separate from the one Big Brother had in mind.
Still, it's going to be interesting to see if the Aggies do officially become the SEC's 13th school as is widely expected is going to happen.