The SEC Says Thanks, But No Thanks, To Texas A&M (For Now)
Earlier this week, Texas A&M made headlines when it announced that it was so frustrated with Texas being granted their own ESPN-run network, that it intended on leaving the Big 12 conference for the SEC. Only now there appears to be one kind of major problem with that plan: the SEC doesn't want Texas A&M.
At least not yet.
According to Dr. Bernie Machen, president of the University of Florida, the SEC has decided that it is currently satisfied with its 12-team conference, and thus decided not to extend an invitation to the Aggies.
"We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league," Machen said. "We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M."
However, the SEC has not ruled out the possibility of one day inviting Texas A&M and an inevitable 14th member to the conference. In fact, an SEC official told The New York Times that there is still a 30-40 percent chance that A&M eventually gets the invite.
But until then, Texas A&M is stuck in the uncomfortable situation of playing for a conference that they don't want to be in and plan on eventually leaving, as it appears inevitable that a college athletics world ran by four mega conferences is upon us, or as The Times called it: anarchy.
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