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Texas A&M to SEC?

Smell something burning? It's all the smoke coming out of College Station about the Aggies joining the SEC. For a story that I long thought was just rumor and posturing on A&M's part, there may actually be some fire to the smoke that's been surrounding them all week. Per the SB Nation Texas A&M blog I Am the 12th Man the A&M Board of Regents have moved up their meeting to Monday. Why is that significant? According to a report from TexAgs.com the SEC presidents are meeting Sunday to discuss adding A&M to the conference. The Higher Education Committee in Texas' House of Representatives are set to meet Tuesday to discuss what a potential move of the Aggies to the SEC would mean to the remaining Texas schools. It's expected the folks in the Texas House who represent or who have ties to Baylor and Texas Tech will NOT want the A&M to leave. But it may not matter what they want to happen. It's POSSIBLE- not likely, not 100% iron-clad but possible,- the A&M BOR could vote to join the SEC on Monday before the Texas government even has a chance to step in. Until today I had taken these "A&M to the SEC" rumors with a gigantic grain of salt. I believed even if A&M wanted to leave, the Texas legislature wouldn't let them. After all, when the SWC and Big 8 merged, the TL strong-armed Baylor and Texas Tech into the deal. Last summer, Baylor being left out of the Pac 16 plan for Colorado was a major stumbling block. It was just assumed that the TL would be able to step in and block a move that would favor A&M but hurt TT and Baylor. Well it looks potentially like A&M and the SEC may have found a way to skirt the TL's authority. IF this happens, and it's still definitely an IF at this point, it could cause some major waves across college sports. Does it start the 16-team Super Conference Era that we thought was a possibility last summer (I, for one, hate the idea of a 16 team conference)? Or is there a smaller change where the SEC adds A&M and a 14th school (Florida State? Clemson? Virigina Tech? It won't be Oklahoma. Unless OU can find a similar sneaky way around their state government, there is ZERO chance OU goes to the SEC- or anywhere- without Boone T Pickens and Okie State)? And of course, for us here in Big Ten country- what does this mean for the Big Ten? Again, still a big, gigantic ginormous IF right now. A&M could be a member of the SEC by Monday. Or the Monday after that. Or next year. Or never. But there certainly seems to be a lot of smoke around this one. Now we know how the SEC felt last summer to stand back and watch as the Big Ten and Pac 10 talked expansion and potentially blowing up the current conference configurations. Stay tuned.

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