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Could The Aggies Join The SEC?

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Before we start making up Aggro Crag related puns, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  The above tweets details have been challenged by bloggers, but the idea behind it is solid.  Texas A&M isn’t happy with the competitive advantage a ‘Longhorn Network’ would give fellow Big 12 conference mate Texas, as well they shouldn’t be.  The College Station Bureau dove into the story earlier today:

A&M has added a closed-door session concerning the Longhorn Network to its regents’ regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday and Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday. The agenda item is dubbed “Big 12 Conference.”

The A&M insider added, however, that UT’s network, funded by ESPN, might put the league’s other nine schools at disadvantages on multiple fronts, and A&M is leading the way in checking every possibility — and also leaving its long-term options open should the league appear to have one dominating member thanks primarily to the unprecedented network. The Longhorn Network is a 20-year, $300 million partnership between ESPN, UT and IMG College.

If you remember, the Aggies were contemplating a move to the SEC earlier this year, right around the same time Nebraska and Colorado both left.  If A&M did decide to move it would require another addition to keep the conference balanced.  Rumors have circulated around Clemson for a while that they are interested in joining the SEC, but rumors are just that, we’re not sure to the validity of them.

I think it would be exciting to add some new blood to the conference, even if they are from Texas.  What about you?  Would you support a 14 team SEC – and who else would you like to see join?

Article written by Will Lentz

52 Comments for Could The Aggies Join The SEC?



  1. I Shoot 4s
    6:06 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to see Oklahoma State join as well. Must admit, I’m not sure if it’s feasible



  2. Joe
    6:08 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I’d like to see either Florida state or Georgia tech added



  3. Jim Ross
    6:12 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I think the league is big enough as is… However, if you are going to add a school at least get one that has a strong basketball tradition. Don’t see needing more football power.



  4. philthyphil
    6:16 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    The 2 new members if there is expansion would be A&M anf Va Tech



  5. ZombieLibrarian
    6:23 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    OK or VA Tech would be my top choices for a 14th member, followed by OK St, Florida St, or Clemson in that order.



  6. ZombieLibrarian
    6:25 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Oh, and there’s no way in HELL this would happen, but I would just LOOOOOVE to see loserville join a big boy football conference and try to hang.



  7. zach
    6:27 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    TX A&M would be a good boost to the SEC West in basketball, as well as football. It seems to be a great fit, imo. On the East, add Florida State, Ga Tech, or Clemson and you get solid programs in both sports. Regardless of who the schools will be, the SEC will expand without question.



  8. Not Coach K
    6:28 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    #3 Duke



  9. lol'n
    6:29 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    A&M and perhaps Washington State



  10. Ryan
    6:32 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    We need good basketball schools to join, so I support the addition of Oklahoma St. or maybe even Baylor.



  11. MtnCat
    6:40 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Missouri, Maryland, Florida State, and A&M all bring audience share, TV markets will drive expansion. A&M would bring a SWC team (or more) with them for a natural rival, all would have ties to major metro TV viewership. Sixteen teams is the optimum conference size.



  12. Jim Ross
    6:47 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Not sure why 16 teams is now viewed as the best size by so many. 1) in basketball it would be best to play each team twice (home and away) – not possible with 16 unless you expand the regular season. 2) 16 team leagues have to qualify simply to make the conference tournament. Every team should get to suit up for at least one post season game regardless of the regular season.

    Football – 16 teams puts you even further away from being able to play as many teams as possible in the regular season. Plus, that likely means another conference game for Kentucky and as we know Kentucky needs every non-conference game possible to get the much needed wins that have been the sole reason they have made bowls the past 5 years.

    16 teams – money would be dispersed to more schools without likely having more schools in the big money bowls than we already have.



  13. ReasonableUKFAN
    6:49 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    This would help strengthen SEC ties with Texas recruits even more. I wouldn’t mind seeing it.



  14. fakinnomah
    6:49 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Bring in Memphis. It wouldn’t help football, but who cares. If they could get into a big conference they could become a top 25 basketball team and another Vandy in football.



  15. Noonan
    6:49 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I like the I thought of a & m…Florida state, va tech, ga tech, clemsn all solid options, what about west Virginia?



  16. Jim Ross
    6:52 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Memphis is a good idea. Geographically it makes sense. Not that it matters anymore (Depaul, Louisville, Marquette). Plus, it would be one more arena where Cal was simply hated.



  17. UKSeniorCATSfan
    6:56 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Ga Tech, Va Tech, or Clemson. Texas is Texas the neame of the conference would have to be changed.



  18. hawaiibillT
    6:57 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    when it first broke it wasn’t about moving to the SEC sounds more like a Texas blogger fishing for hits

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/college/texas/7659012.html



  19. ukfan
    7:00 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Basketball will not have any influence if the SEC expands, not sure why Kentucky fans cannot figure out basketball doesn’t matter.
    A&M in the West would be a good fit, Clemson and Va. Tech would be good in the East.



  20. bluetooth
    7:01 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    no way … why do we need those losers ?



  21. War Eagle
    7:01 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    14 and 16, NO! They cannot gain admission into the Big East, which they’ve desperately tried for years now. Whether we like it or not, football prowess/academics/fan base/geography are the four most important components of expansion. Memphis, and as some suggest, Baylor, do not meet these requirements.

    FSU tried to join the SEC back in ’92, they are a logical school as they meet all 4 components. In addition to aTm and FSU, I would suggest VT and Clemson to complete a 16-team conference.



  22. Jim Ross
    7:05 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    It’s all about money and I think the NCAA Tournament and regular/post season television contracts make basketball very relevant. Look at the Big East, without basketball where would that conference be?



  23. BNolan
    7:20 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    a team from Virginia would be nice, preferably Virginia Tech!!



  24. BD
    7:21 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    21- your points are almost there……but slightly off base. The major factors in any expansion talks will deal with academics, expanding the geographic footprint of the league, and the possibility of a financial windfall from a renegotiated television contract. Cross off Georgia Tech, Memphis, Louisville (which is a tier 3 institution……presidents will not add another one to the conference).

    As for FSU, they did not try and join the SEC. They were approached about a possible invitation an Bobby Bowden fought vigorously against it, knowing that his chances of winning would decrease dramatically by joining the SEC.

    For those looking for the absolute best breakdown of expansion possibilities, check out Mr.SEC.com. There is a large link on the right side of the page that is a must read if you find this as fascinating as I do. Go cats!



  25. mudcreekmark
    7:36 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Texas A&M and Georgia Tech would be my vote. Maybe we can win a couple of more games in football and no threat to us in basketball(but who is?)



  26. gossie21
    7:43 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Oklahoma or OK St. would make the most sense. An expansion would have more to do with football. If Va Tech or Fla St. were looking to move we would take them first. If the SEC ever does expand I would expect the divisions will be completely redrawn so that there isn’t an east/west split.



  27. Mizzou
    7:48 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Missouri or Va Tech makes the most sense from a new TV market standpoint. That will be the deciding factor if they decide to add A&M and another school. I can’t see them going to 16, as that really divides up the money.



  28. bung
    8:03 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    we have 2 too many now…..



  29. Dan
    8:10 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Texas A&M would be a good addition to the conference especially in football. But for the sake of argument I’d like to see a traditional basketball power added to the west as well so how about Kansas.

    That would immediately propel the SEC into the realm of a super conference when discussing basketball with Kansas and Kentucky.

    And before anyone says they’d never leave the Big Twelve or is it Big Eleven or Ten now? There’s alot more money for them to make in the SEC than there is under the current deal they’re in where Texas and Oklahoma get’s the majority and everybody else get’s scraps.



  30. Calipari'sInYourEar
    8:17 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Screw Texas A&M, bring in Texas and Oklahoma



  31. CA UK FAN
    8:25 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Just sat no to Texas. Oklahoma St. even worse……can’t imagine getting whipped every year by another orange team (football). That would be too much to take.



  32. RedLegsJones
    8:38 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to see A&M and Clemson added to the SEC. Although I think an addition of Miami would be interesting.



  33. Urincatland
    9:09 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Texas A&M and Memphis. Would only make the SEC a stronger Basketball conference.



  34. Shamrock Guy
    9:43 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    A&M and Louisville Trinity.



  35. BD
    9:52 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    .



  36. T
    9:58 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    A&M and UNC… Adds The state of North Carolina and an uprising football program and a mega rivalry in BBall. Also, it let’s the Duke game become huge because it’s only played once a year.



  37. Hokie
    10:10 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    In order to get Va Tech you would have to get BC as well, that was their stipulation when joining the ACC.



  38. Will
    10:12 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I would be surprised if Clemson or Ga Tech were added. They dont add any new Tv markets where the SEC isnt already. It would have to be VT or FSU even though the SEC already has the Gators, but the state of Florida has a huge population of over 18 million almost twice as much as 2nd place Georgia in the South.

    SEC could also add Oklahoma or maybe Texas Tech and simply move Alabama and Auburn to the East. Having OU and TAMU in the West and Alabama/Auburn in the East would be balanced.



  39. KennonRay
    10:21 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    a school from Texas is too far to travel for all sports other than football and men’s basketball… keep the SEC in the southeast, if we’re adding schools take an ACC school from NC, SC, FL, or GA and consider moving Vandy to the West and/or adding Memphis.

    Moving Vandy to the West would allow two ACC schools to be added to the East



  40. reddogrules
    10:38 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Maryland!!



  41. ky1der
    10:51 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Morehead



  42. Mike Leach2UK
    11:35 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I say add 4 teams and make it 16. Bring in Tulane, So Miss, Memphis, & Louisville so we can add 4 conference wins.

    What would likely happen is to add A&M in west and Fla St in the east. If they add 2 more I think the Oklahoma schools come but that jacks up the divisions.



  43. Mike Leach2UK
    11:37 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Personally if being realistic I’d like A&m and Oklahoma in the west and pull Clemson and Ga Tech from the ACC to the east but we have the market already in those east schools.



  44. Scott Baio
    11:52 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I say make it a 16 team league and blow up the ACC, move Arkansas to the Big 12 and add, Florida St., Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Duke. We get some good basketball schools and some more power to the Football dominance.



  45. UKTXFAN
    1:03 am July 20, 2011 Permalink

    As a Texan, I can ASSURE you that Texas A&M is the absolute last school you want in your conference. They will argue “school pride” but no, its arrogance and self OBSESSION. Only once you begin to meet those they call “aggies” will you truly discover what distaste for a school’s fan base is. So, unless you’d like for your eardrums to be barraged by WHOOPS and GIG EMS, your best bet is to say a prayer that your conference will not be polluted BY this school. P.S. Mr. Lentz, even if they are from texas? cah cah COME ON! you would be pleased how many big blue fans are out here. so just crack open an ale-8 for us texans.



  46. GummyBear
    8:55 am July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Bring in the U. Big name, big fan base, big TV audience, big wins for the rest of the SEC in both sports.



  47. Dave in Bangkok
    9:03 am July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t add Clemson. Add Louisville.



  48. Pawpaw
    11:14 am July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Leave the SEC as is.



  49. Weeze
    12:05 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Just say “No” to Looserville! I think an A&M or OK St in the West and VaTech, WVA, FSU, “U” or NC St in the East would be ok.



  50. Doug johnson
    2:38 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Ummm looserville would hang in there as good as uk in football, and would be either the best in basketball, or close to it. I respect Kentucky in basketball, but Louisville is right up there…



  51. whodatcat ?
    4:14 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Va Tech, Ga Tech, or West Va.



  52. The Internet
    6:33 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Texas A&M is definitely target number 1. The SEC wants them and they wants the SEC. If Oklahoma wants to come, you pretty much have to take them.

    Expansion would there for now.