Say what you will about Texas, and they certainly have unclean hands, but they aren't trying to blow up the Big 12. Yeah, they might be an *** hole, but they're an *** hole that's some what committed. More so than A&M.
If I knew A&M was going to quit looking around if they came back, I'd be ok with it. It's just that the instability over the past year had more to do with their anger with Texas. That anger with Texas predates the LHN, and isn't going anywhere. Every conference that those two are in together ends up on the rocks. No coincidence.
It is a tough one. I can agree with both arguments. I feel TX has caused the current situation by reaching to far, and then I feel that Aggies have just given up and want to leave. I am not sure their fan base will let them come back.
Agree, or disagree, here is a good article on how they feel:
Texas A&M to step off treadmill, onto level SEC playing field | Gil LeBreton | Sports News an...
I do not like how it looks that this has been going on between SEC and A&M since last year, but at the same time TX started all this by saying they were going to PAC10. The only have shown conference committment when it benefits them in the pocketbook.
Of course I probably have a bias, but in all my posts, I try to balance what is opinion vs facts.
I am not sure the Aggies can come back without TU making some major public concession statements to keep them (to avoid another round of uncertainty on if they are leaving).
It stinks ISU is twisting in the wind in this fight.
I didn't want this to become a "who is to blame" thread, but more of a discourse of where to go from here.
The relationship between A&M and the other schools is severely fractured. I don't think it's good for either side to continue with it, regardless of whether A&M gets into the SEC or not. I assume A&M would come crawling back if they don't get in, but they aren't happy and never will be. The Big 12 doesn't work for them, so they shouldn't be part of it. They're going so far in their efforts to get out that they are ruining something that works pretty damn well for the rest of this.
At this point they need to sleep in the bed they made. If you want out, get out. It's not contingent on a nice soft landing pad.
I highly doubt the SEC schools don't approve of A&M, they gain a lot in this as well. But if they don't, I'd kick them out. They obviously don't want to be here and will only cause further harm if they're in a place they don't want to be.
As far as the aggies, maybe the Big XII should wait for them to be rejected by the SEC and then kick them out? It certainly would go a long way towards stabilizing the landscape if schools knew that they would be thrown out on their ***** for pulling the type of crap that A&M is trying to pull.
If the SEC doesnt want them, let them go to C-USA or somewhere else. Replace them with another texas school, such as TCU or Houston...
There's also the threat of a massive lawsuit from the Big 12 that the SEC might not want to deal with.
I think the I AM team wanted to carve their own trademark as big dog by being in SEC since they could not do it on the field. They wanted out because they wanted SEC blood.