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Will A&M Carry Through on SEC-eding?

Texas A&M seems to be taking the motto “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen” to heart.

Citing the need for a more stable and secure conference, A&M’s leaders are considering a move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

Why would the Aggies, who have lost their last six games to SEC opponents, really contemplate such a move?

Two words: Longhorn Network.

Fearing perceived unfair advantages, A&M believes it will need to constantly keep an eye on the Longhorn Network to may sure the Big 12 doesn’t cater to UT and the first-of-its-kind news channel, despite the recent moratorium on high school coverage.

But A&M’s top officials deny the move is an impulsive reaction to the creation of Longhorn Network. Instead, the general lack of confidence in the Big 12’s leaders has prompted the university to seek a more stable league.

One unnamed A&M official says that the league is “tired of Texas.” (Or maybe he meant just tired of losing to Texas.)

Whatever the reason, the SEC will be happy to capitalize on A&M’s TV market—and put some more W’s on the scorecards of the Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, and Florida programs.

One perceived recruiting advantage for the Aggies: the state’s top players, they say, won’t need to leave the state to play in the SEC— something A&M will rely heavily on when they go head-to-head with the SEC’s top guns.

 

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