It seems like I have written this post nearly every month this off season, but the rumor mill started going again today after the Longhorn Network contract was released a few days ago. According to a number of journalists, the Aggies were set and ready to board the closest bus to Tiger Stadium earlier today. There were some reports that the Aggies had received an invitation from the SEC and if the deal was finalized this month, they would be able to play as early as 2012. While some of that may still be true – it has long been believed that the SEC is in favor of adding the Texas based team and it’s recruiting pipeline – it looks like the talk of actual movement may have been premature.
According to A&M beat writer Brent Zwerneman (and his twitter):
— High-ranking A&M official just told me there have been “no precipitating events that have led to today’s rumors & speculations” about SEC
— High-ranking A&M official also said there will be “no imminent announcement or anything of that matter” concerning the SEC
— A&M official was mum on whether something might happen with the SEC at some point, citing Ags’ general unhappiness with the Big 12 right now
At this point, the situation has become one of those ‘where there’s smoke there is fire,’ type cases. There is a chance the Big 12 convinces A&M to test the season out and see how the Longhorn Network changes things, but I would be surprised if there isn’t some shake up in the conference before this time next year.