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Texas A&M Gets Invite to SEC, but Baylor Might Sue?

by BSO Staff | Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

 

After weeks of rumors, reports, and allegations, the Southeaster Conference has officially voted and unanimously decided to accept Texas A&M as its 13th member, according to a statement released Wednesday morning by the SEC office.

But the invitation to the conference is contingent on each Big 12 school waiving its right to litigation.

In a letter from Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe dated Sept. 2 and released by the SEC office Wednesday, Beebe confirmed that no legal action against the SEC relating to Texas A&M’s departure would be taken provided the SEC publicly affirmed the Aggies’ admission by Sept. 8.

However, Dr. Bernie Machen, the University of Florida president who is chairman of the SEC presidents and chancellors, said in the SEC’s statement Wednesday that one of the Big 12 schools has already withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.

Various reports are stating that the school is Baylor, and I wouldn’t be surprised. Baylor recently launched  a campaign called “Don’t Mess With Texas Football” to save the state’s rivalries.

Here’s what Baylor had to say on their website:

Football in Texas is more than a passing interest, it is a part of the fabric of this great state.

  • Will Texans stand by and watch hundred-year-old rivalries be cast aside as the state’s largest universities align themselves with other states across the country?
  • Will Texans sit and watch as Texas’ flagship universities pledge their loyalties to other states?
  • Will Texans stand by as our most promising student athletes are lured out of Texas by new rivals?

Texans must stand up and call the leadership of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech to clear-headed thinking about the state’s future.

Readers can click the “Take a Stand Now” button and email regents and decision-makers at Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech

Baylor is like dozens of universities across the country dealing with a sense of helplessness, determination, frustration and worry as they watch the pending realignment that could greatly and forever alter the landscape of college athletics.

What the larger, more powerful conference schools like Texas A&M and Texas are failing to realize, is that schools like Baylor that are based in “college towns” like Waco, TX depend largely on their athletic programs to support the town’s economy. In addition to the media opportunities that the Big XII gives to smaller universities, it also boosts their economies, putting visitors in their hotels and restaurants for their home games, as well as drawing crowds to the stadium increasing vendors’ opportunities as well as employment opportunities. So, while the larger schools are seeing dollar signs, and merely the loss of rivals, Baylor, Kansas States and Iowa State and dozens of other smaller schools in large conferences see it as so much more.

Everything is on the table now as collegiate football moves towards a potential mass shift that is no longer based solely on revenue, but on egos, politics and the absence of collective agreements amongst conference leaders.

 

 

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  1. trickiedick says:

    umm…. Texas A&M is located in a college town as well. As well as Baylor just saying.

    • Tesia Sade says:

      I agree, as is Texas Tech, but these are schools that can survive the realignment. I’m a UT alum, so grand scheme, an institution I truly support will survive the realignment, and could honestly go independent.

      However, while schools like Texas Tech & Texas A&M will most likely have the opportunity to join bigger conferences and make just as much, if not more money in the future to maintain their economy, Baylor and other smaller schools will most likely not and have to resort to smaller conferences, which will obviously generate less revenue.

  2. Chalie says:

    Not seeing the premise of your argument Tesia. Only reason Baylor is in the Big 12 is because Ann Richards was governor back then and strong-armed them into the Big 12 instead of Houston or TCU.

    Baylor sees that just as their programs are becoming relevant again, they’re on the verge of being in Conf. USA if A&M doesn’t get some ‘act right’

    • Tesia Sade says:

      While it is heavily argued that Ann Richards had a hand in Baylor being admitted to the Big XII, it hasn’t been proven. Regardless, college football is ran largely by politics as we are seeing here in all the realignment talk.

      The premise for my argument is that it’s sad to see larger programs like A&M, make moves that will in turn greatly affect smaller programs like Baylor.

      In agreement with Baylor’s address,football is in large a part of the fabric that makes up the state of Texas. So while a few programs are gaining revenue, so much is being lost: tradition, rivalries, a state’s culture, and some town’s economies.

      I just think it’s sad that a few conference “leaders” would forego all of this, for greed. Because it’s not like the programs leaving or considering leaving, are struggling by any means.

  3. Janet says:

    Waco isn’t a college town. Does this reporter know anything about Waco??? Is College Station not a COLLEGE town???

    • All Knowing says:

      Yeah your right… when someone from another state thinks Texas they think Waco and College station and not Houston or Dallas.. and if you read her response she says college station and waco are college towns.

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