Heading East? The Aggies have all but dragged and beat a dead horse over this past couple of weeks with their the announcement of their wanderlust to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC . Internet sites and sports radio talk shows have buzzed with the 'news' that the Ags are looking to leave and head to the SEC Conference.
It has only been a little over a week that the Aggies officially expressed interest in joining the SEC but for those who read between the lines, the decision to leave was all but a formality.
Today, Texas A&M sent a letter to Dan Beebe and the Big 12 Conference asking for directions.
Let's Stop And Ask For Directions
Directions, funny things like how to get somewhere or which way is the best route to travel? Yep, directions are important bits of information and the Aggies are requesting them.
"If Texas A&M withdraws from the Conference, we want to do so in a way that complies with the Bylaws and is supportive of your efforts to seek a new member of the Conference," Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin wrote. "We would appreciate your conferring with the other member institutions and outlining for us the process to be followed."
In regards to the letter, Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin went on to say the following:
"Ultimately, we are seeking to generate greater visibility nationwide for Texas A&M and our championship-caliber student-athletes, as well as secure the necessary and stable financial resources to support our athletic and academic programs,'' Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said. "As a public university, Texas A&M owes it to the state's taxpayers to maximize our assets and generate additional revenues both now and well into the future.''
So there you have it gentle reader. Texas A&M is not leaving the Big 12 because they cannot get out of the shadow of Texas, nor are they green with envy of the Longhorn Network.
Nope not at all, rather Texas A&M has a responsibilty to the taxpayers of the state of Texas.
Good As Gone?
Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin stated that the letter sent to the Big 12 Conference "is not a notice of Texas A&M's withdrawal from the Big 12 Conference."
Dodged A Bullet
Whew, the Big 12 certainly dodged a bullet there! No one would like to see the Aggies make a bold and rash decision but rather a well-informed thought out decision after speaking with an attorney and weighing every possible option, angle and interest.
That is certainly the prudent thing to do after you have announced your intent to explore other interests and desire to leave a Conference.
Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin further stated in a released statement by the university. "This truly is a 100-year decision. While we understand the desire of all parties to quickly reach a resolution, these are extremely complex issues that we are addressing methodically.''
Hopefully it does not take 100 years for the decision, whatever it may be, to be finalized.