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Fresh From The Rumor Mill: Texas A&M To The SEC? Not Quite Yet


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.

Article written by Will Lentz

6 Comments for Fresh From The Rumor Mill: Texas A&M To The SEC? Not Quite Yet

  1. Brad
    6:10 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Great. So now we will have the 13th best football recruiting class in the SEC.

  2. truth
    7:00 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    NO NO NO, dont mess with our divisions, or our 4 non con games, we dont need anymore teams, 12 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER, NO MORE KILLER GAMES ON THE SCHEDULE!!!!

  3. New Slogan
    7:34 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Make this the Football Slogan this year!! This is Way better than “Rise”.

  4. NotPoop
    8:37 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink


  5. chones
    8:43 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    This is not going to happen. A&M is using the SEC as a threat just so they can get what they want in the Big 12, so my sources say.

  6. FourThinInches
    10:57 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    This A&M battle has been going on for past few weeks. Big 12 held a meeting condemning Texas/espn(LHN) for two things 1) showing high school games with texas recruits on the channel 2) they now have rights to show a Big 12 game on the channel. This means that the team they are playing will not be able to watch it unless they get the Longhorn channel. Its been all over sports sites for last month or so. Of course ESPN hasnt been covering it.