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SEC snubs A&M ... might A&M snub back some day?

Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:00 am
Most schools, I'd say this won't change anything. The SEC puts off Texas A&M, snubs Texas A&M, embarrasses Texas A&M? Most schools, it wouldn't matter. When the SEC calls in a few weeks or months, or maybe in a year or two, most schools would get over the snubbing, the embarrassment, and accept an invitation to join the SEC.

Texas A&M isn't most schools, and this is one of the things I really like about those folks from College Station.

Texas A&M has pride, and I don't mean pride in the false sense of staring at itself in the mirror and sighing. No, Texas A&M has pride as in dignity -- the same pride that led Texas A&M to try to leave the Big 12 in the first place. Texas A&M had too much pride to compete in a league that allowed Texas to make up the rules as it went along.

And so the Aggies looked to leave for the SEC, even if the move technically didn't make a lot of sense for Texas A&M.

Now the SEC has hung the Aggies out to dry, allowing the Aggies to get so close to joining the SEC that the school's trustees hurriedly moved up a meeting and put "SEC" on the list of discussion topics ... before the SEC decided, nah, we're fine at 12 schools.

Yes it was a cosmetic move by the SEC. If Texas A&M's departure causes the Big 12's enormous television contracts to fall apart, the SEC wants no part of the litigation that could come. So the SEC is distancing itself from Texas A&M until the Aggies can somehow extricate themselves, legally, from the Big 12. And then the SEC, presumably, would invite Texas A&M to join.

Well, knowing Texas A&M as I'm starting to know Texas A&M, I'm not sure the Aggies would say yes to the SEC. Not after this snub, this embarrassment. The SEC has allowed the Aggies to face national ridicule while at the same reaffirming that, yes, we're the SEC and all of you losers aren't.

I'm not sure Texas A&M's pride will allow it to forget this.

I'm not sure it should, either.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: SEC, Texas A&M

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:17 pm

SEC snubs A&M ... might A&M snub back some day?

I agree with all the other comments. Statement was made for Legal Reason. If that was not the case Texas A&M would not still be holding a Board of Regents Meeting today and tomorrow. It is going to happen once Texas A&M finds a loop hole to leave conference without having to pay up to $30 Million.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:40 am

SEC snubs A&M ... might A&M snub back some day?

Doyel apparently struggles with reading comprehension and analysis. The statements made by the SEC and A&M yesterday were for political / legal reasons. The SEC didn't hang A&M "out to dry" nor did they "snub" A&M. This is long from being over and this article is pointless.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:46 am

SEC snubs A&M ... might A&M snub back some day?

The door to the SEC was not slammed shut whatsoever. When it is all said and done, . And they should be. It makes sense. The tough thing for the SEC will be poaching another school to make 14 teams ().

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:16 am

SEC snubs A&M ... might A&M snub back some day?

not a snub if you know how to read the SEC release.  Merely saying that the SEC is happy for right now so that when A&M leaves the Big 12, it is on the record that the SEC did not entice A&M into leaving the Big 12 and breaking their Big 12 contract.  If the SEC gave an invite BEFORE A&M left, the SEC could be sued since they enticed another party to break their contract.  I am sure that the Big 12 would love to take the SEC down by suing them and embarassing them, and Slive, a former attorney, recognizes that he has to protect the SEC which explains the vote.

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