"SEC!, SEC!, SEC!" it's what graduates at Texas A&M reportedly chanted at not one, but two graduation ceremonies today on the A&M Campus when University President, Dr. R. Bowen Loftin stepped to the podium.
A few hours later, 3pm to be exact, the A&M System Board of Regents have scheduled a meeting for 3pm Monday to talk conference afflation.
It's also been reported that SEC presidents will conduct a vote on Sunday and it's believed that that vote centers around A&M being invited to join to SEC.
Now earlier Friday afternoon the Texas House of Representative's Higher Education Committee scheduled a hearing "to discuss matters involving higher education, including collegiate athletics" at the State Capitol on Tuesday (August 16).
That meeting now appears to be a "Day late and a dollar short".
The 2pm meeting is expecting testimony from the following invited guest that we've heard: Big12 Commissioner - Dan Beebe, Texas A&M Board of Regents Chairman - Richard Box, Texas A&M President - Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, and SEC Commissioner - Mike Slive.
The same legislative committee had scheduled a hearing a year ago to discuss conference realignment, but canceled it when the Big 12 remained intact after Colorado and Nebraska bolted for the Pac-12 and Big 10.
So I understand that Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe says the Big 12 will be "OK" without Texas A&M and will look to invite Houston to the league to take the Aggies place.
Dear Mr. "How We Play", Texas A&M is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant University. No offense Cougars, but I don't see the league being the "same" by replacing Texas A&M with U of H. Can it survive? Sure. Will it last? Depends on your definition of "last".
Cody Coil, John Wilson, & I were on campus today doing interviews for our upcoming Aggie football preview show, "Great Expectations" when an official in the football office ask me what I knew,
My response was "Probably less than what you know". He said with a smirk, "It's nice to know you're going to have a place to play".
Currently the members of the Southeastern Conference are: Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, & Vanderbilt.
Obviously if A&M joins the SEC that number grows to 13, That's an odd number. Conference like even numbers, it makes scheduling easier. Who will join with the Aggies? It could be Florida State (although a hear Florida doesn't like that call), maybe Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Clemson have been mentioned.
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