No One Wants To Be In The Big 12 Anymore
The Big 12 is the least appropriately named conference in college football, since it only has 10 teams (the Big 10 ironically has 12 teams, just switch names already damn it). Well that number is about to go down to nine, since Texas A&M is taking its toys and going home:
Texas A&M dealt a blow to the Big 12 Conference on Wednesday, saying it plans to leave by July 2012 if it is accepted by the SEC or another league.
The move, which had been expected, may set off another round of conference realignment in college sports. The Aggies have made it clear they want to join the 12-member Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 said again after the announcement that it will move swiftly to find at least one replacement for the Aggies.
“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,” Loftin said in a statement. “This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically. Texas A&M is an extraordinary institution, and we look forward to what the future may hold for Aggies worldwide.”
It’s too bad that the SEC doesn’t really seem to care all that much about adding Texas A&M. A&M is like a middle child who is average in every way, but believe that if they just got out of the shadow of their older, more highly regarded sibling (Texas), everyone would like them. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, etc.
Texas, blamed by some for running off Nebraska with its deal with ESPN to set up its own Longhorns Network, said it remains committed to the Big 12 with its storied rivalry with Texas A&M clearly in jeopardy
“As we stated last summer, we are strong supporters and members of the Big 12 conference,” Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said. “Recent events have not altered our confidence in the league. A Big 12 committee is in place to look at all options, shaping the future of the conference so it will continue to be one of the top leagues in the country.”
Obviously, Texas could care less about any of this because they’re going to make a buttload of money on the Longhorn network regardless if the Big 12 collapses. I kinda wonder why they simply don’t leave the conference and become independent a la Notre Dame, preserving all of their traditional rivalries without completely pissing on all of the other schools in the conference. My guess, it’s because they’re Texas and they’re assh*les