When the SEC makes its move, then we will know the future of conference realignment. As for Iowa State, they need to be very competitive in either/both men's basketball and/or football quickly to position themselves for the future. Basketball does matter, see Kansas and Kentucky in their respective conferences. Kansas will never get left out of a power conference because of its basketball program, the same reason Kentucky will never leave the SEC. ABC/ESPN have a vested interest in the power basketball schools competing at the highest level in power conferences and they will pay to make sure it happens. Don't believe the talking points from orangebloods.com in the most recent round of realignment discussion. The Big 10 got what it wanted knowing full well Notre Dame will likely not join a conference until they are forced to and that won't happen until superconferences take place.
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Its been about 2 months since the water has settled, speculating about 4-5 yrs down the road is like trying to predict the weather for next week plus we really need to put the Big East and the other 3 schools in our 5
A few things about this:
1. A&M Athletic Department owes $16 Million to the University. About a year or so ago, the Athletic Department was broke.....flat ***, credit cards maxed out, eating tuna can dinners broke. They need the money NOW. You should literally think of the commercial...."ITS MY MONEY, AND I WANT IT NOW!" So yeah, the A&M President is JG Wentworth.
2. It is still unknown if A&M actually had an invitation to go to the SEC. But, one thing is certain, they DO NOT want anything to do with the PAC 10. I can't see a single one of their alumni going to Berkley. they would stick out like a turd in a punch bowl. Also, I think UT did not want the SEC to gain any foothold in Texas. A&M brings very, very little in terms of on field production. However, it's the camel's head under the tent in recruiting that UT is worried about.
3. The $20 Million is the supposed split between UT/OU/A&M of the money from NU and CU, plus perceived TV Revenues. The "BIG 3" have been guaranteed at least $20 Million. I think what A&M is wanting is know when that money will be available, and would like that commitment in writing.
4. Dan Beebe may be the least effective CEO / Commisioner in America, and perhaps the best snake oil salesman---and that's all his ramblings are--snake oil. Here's a guy that was literally 48 hours away from losing his job, and cut a deal to save his ***--if only for a short time. Nothing is in writing. Consider this: Every post on this board, even from Iowa and NU fans, has as much weight as Beebe's projections.
5. Just because you want the Big 12 (Temp 10) to stay together, doesn't mean it will. The Big 12 (Temp 10) will break up--it's simply a matter of time. It may be 10 years down the road, but this conference just screams "One Night Stand".
6. The Texas Legislature had a bigger role in this than most realize. The Lege wasn't directly giving instructions to the Universities (unlike 1994 at the end of the SWC), but there was pressure from some elected officials to stay together--and this included Baylor. To say that the Legislature would NEVER allow a school to leave without the others is folly. I lobbied the Lege for 10 years, and I can tell you this: There's no way in hell to know what they are going to do.
So long, SEC: We never knew ye | Aggies | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
Texas and Oklahoma have declined an offer to accept enough money from five other Big 12 schools to guarantee $20 million annually in revenue distribution beginning in 2012-13, Beebe said. Texas A&M has not expressed the same sentiment, Beebe said, and the issue will be discussed further. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe: Texas-Oklahoma to remain a fair game | Big 12 News | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News
Beebe's comments caused a concern amongst the Aggie fanbase based on the way that you could take his comments. He could have just said that Texas and OU had declined the guaranteed $20 million and left it at that, but he had to throw in that A&M didn't feel the same way and that "the issue will be discussed later." That leaves it open to interpretation of whether he would actually follow through or if it was a false promise back in June that was used to hold the conference together.
The "idiot, crybaby" A&M president received many questions about Beebe's statement, and whether A&M would go along with Texas and OU. He sent an e-mail out and posted on his Facebook page that "A key part of Texas A&M's decision to remain in the Big 12 earlier this summer was the commissioner's commitment that Texas A&M would receive a minimum of $20 million annually in future conference distributions. We remain committed to the conference and fully anticipate that the Big 12 will honor its commitment to Texas A&M." Not really a big deal, but the media ran with it to make it into an issue along with providing an anonymous A&M source that stated that A&M would consider legal action or join the SEC if the money wasn't received.
Sounds like the idiocy of A&M leadership to me. A more stable conference is a more profitable conference at this point in time. They need to learn how to handle the media as well - all these statements could have worked just fine as private letters. The A&M president looks like an idiot putting stupid stuff out on facebook like a high schooler.
What I want to know is how ATM, with their budget and fan support, runs that big of a deficit that they owe the university $16M. Seems like some mismanagement there. If ISU is making enough money to put some in reserves, what the heck is going on at ATM?
Their president should have probably waited to see if it was actually likely that they get their money before complaining.
Regarding #3, it was foolish/stupid for A&M to make a needless publicity stunt out of the penalty money until there was actually a meeting to iron out the details. That meeting had yet to take place.
Regarding #4, you are insulting the intelligence of B12 ADs and Presidents by calling Beebe a snake oil salesman. Those ADs and Presidents were not going to buy into any type of flimsy numbers coming from Beebe as well as the TV networks.
Regarding #6. no news there. The TX legislature had scheduled hearings before UT made their decision to stay with the B12. As Pac-10 Commish Larry Scott admitted, the political pressure in his opinion was the primary reason why UT stayed. I tend to disagree with that, UT was not sold on the Pac-10's TV numbers and UT wanted their own branded TV network while retaining their own video/media rights.
Anywhere A&M would go it would have to be part of a package deal (UT or OU). Nobody wants A&M on their own merit.
Deal with it Aggies.
Also, they provide a huge academic boost to the SEC. Only Vandy and Florida are members of the AAU, as A&M is.