Monday, September 26, 2011

TAMU Officially Added as a 13th

We were prepped of this by Shep Smith on Friday evening at his house in Oxford, but we knew it was coming anyway. Here's the release from Texas A&M. If you haven't read it, find the full version HERE.

The addition of Texas A&M will increase the SEC membership to 13 institutions. It is the first expansion for the SEC since September of 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league. The University of Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991. With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, the SEC was the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.

"The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family," said Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida. "The addition of Texas A&M University as the SEC's 13th member gives our league a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions."

"The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve," said Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin. "We are excited to begin competition in the nation's premier athletic conference. This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically, and I believe the Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country."


The question now becomes, "Who's number 14?" With Mizzou and West Viriginia pretty much out of it (it seems) and the ACC now having a $20 million buyout, the waters have been muddied a bit. I'm glad that WVU has been thrown out mainly because I really don't care much for the fans and secondly, because I have no desire to ever go to Morgantown, WV for anything. Mizzou is just too far. I'll never go, so it also seems like a dumb idea.

So who are they trying to lure in? I still think it's VaTech, despite the buyout. If Slive wants your school, you don't say "No" because the money is a problem. It's like saying, "No, I don't want to pay you $20 to make a $1000 over the next 5 years." Oh yeah, and you're not in an afterthought league either.

Speaking of the ACC and geographic logistics, check the distance from Miami to Syracuse.

Tolls are the least of your worries. 


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