It’s been quiet on the surface of the Aggies plan to SECede, but trust me when I say that it’s been just as busy on background today as yesterday. While we are not ready to say 100% that the deal is done, we are getting close. I believe an official announcement could be made within two weeks, but at this rate it’s easy to expect unofficial word to start leaking like a sieve. According to some sources it already has.
Rampant speculation in and around Aggieland has prominent boosters being told by administration officials that the deal is done. The sticking point remains which academic year the school will begin play, no later than 2013 but potentially next year. It is our understanding that both parties would like to start next year but may be handcuffed by other contractual obligations.
David Sandhop, an Aggie fansite administrator, Tweeted another critical piece of information today.
RT @sportsdaydfw: Breaking: Texas governor Rick Perry on Texas A&M to SEC rumors: ‘Conversations are being had’
Here is a link to the article featuring Gov. Perry.
And late word this evening tells me sports talk radio all over Texas has blown up in reaction to Gov. Perry’s quote in the paper. If this falls apart, he may have a hard time winning the state in his bid for the White House. He is a former
cheerleader Yell Leader, afterall.
On a completely different front today, BlogHawgs.com picked up on rumors today that people in Oklahoma are on the hunt for a new deal. The Pac-12 remains an inviting option for Oklahoma (or is it the other way around?), while the online speculation about the Big 10 is not completely without merit. If these whispers are indeed true, that could provide great context to this Tweet from Mr. Sandhop last night:
A move to the SEC could come sooner than later as talk of Tech/OU/OSU to the Pac-12 heats up
It’s easy to get caught up in the moving parts, but I think it’s important to go back to the root cause of all this shifting. The University of Texas should change its school colors to green and white rather than burnt orange. In their haste to cash in on an admittedly lucrative deal with ESPN, the Longhorns neglected to look at the collateral damage of such a deal. As Adam pointed out earlier today, life as an Independent is a difficult one. Notre Dame has the benefit of always being one. Now Texas has to deal with the ramifications of alienating their former conference rivals.
You see, sports is not pure capitalism. The SEC learned that and has prospered. By making sure everyone can compete and profit, the entire league benefits. There is no better application of the Nash equilibrium than athletics.
Texas wants all the money for itself. And it appears they’ll get it. But they’ll be all alone.
UPDATE (9:28 PM, 8/10): This story is starting to fly, thanks largely to Gov. Perry’s comment.
UPDATE (8:44 AM, 8/11): Unconfirmed reports this morning that Texas Tech has escalated talks with Pac-12. If anyone has tips/information, please email to email@example.com.