Texas A&M Finally Does That Thing It Wouldn’t Shut Up About
The next round of conference reshuffling is officially underway - the long-rumored departure of Texas A&M from the Big 12 Conference was finally announced by the school today. It will take effect next June. The great news, of course: this means the not-old-at-all "A&M-to-the-SEC" speculation (which will probably happen sooner or later) is back up and running!
More than that, though, it's hard not to believe rival Texas' sweet deal (i.e. its own TV network) didn't play a part in A&M's thinking that it ought to set out on its own path, lest it always be stuck in Longhorn shadows. A&M released a statement praising the Big 12 for its efforts to come to a "mutually agreeable settlement" with the school, but it's clear the Aggies have bigger things in mind now:
"As I have indicated throughout this process, 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. This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically. Texas A&M is an extraordinary institution, and we look forward to what the future may hold for Aggies worldwide."
"Generate greater visibility nationwide." Sounds like something that might be tougher when your biggest conference rival has the resources to cut a deal with ESPN that potentially gives it greater visibility, by far, than any other school in the conference. But if A&M is able to join the nation's preeminent football conference, the SEC, that might help the school stand out...and it helps the nation's most football-mad conference branch out into the nation's most football-mad state. Seems like it's only a matter of time before it all goes through...finally.
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