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?