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    Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    More rumor mongering:

    Oklahoma, Texas A&M may look at moving to SEC because of Texas' TV network - NCAA Football - Sporting News
    Oklahoma, Texas A&M may look at moving to SEC because of Texas' TV Network
    by Matt Hayes, Sporting News

    BIRMINGHAM - The continuing evolution of Texas' place in the Big 12 will have far-reaching ramifications -- including the most powerful conference in college football.

    A source told Sporting News Wednesday that both Texas A&M and Oklahoma are so concerned about rival Texas gaining a recruiting advantage with the newly-formed Longhorn Network, the two institutions could turn to the SEC if the problems can't be figured out. The core issue: The Longhorn Network will televise live high school football games in the state of Texas, an obvious recruiting advantage for Texas.

    SEC commissioner Mike Slive said Wednesday that he will "continue to do what is in the best interest of the SEC."

    "It is my job to make sure the SEC is the premiere league," Slive said. "For me to exclude any action that would preclude that from happening would be inappropriate."

    Texas A&M and Oklahoma were both in talks with the SEC last summer when Texas was contemplating a move to the Pac-10. The Big 12 eventually made it work in the 11th hour, in part, because of heavyweight Texas' deal to pursue its own television network outside of the league coffers.

    Now that the network will include televising high school games in the state of Texas, the dynamics of the Big 12 (and the SEC) could still change. Slive said that he is "comfortable" with the current 12-team SEC, and that it would take a "paradigm shift" for the SEC to expand.

    Texas A&M and Oklahoma looking for a new home would be that kind of shift. Moreover, Slive said the SEC's television deals with CBS and ESPN have clauses that allow them to renegotiate if the conference structure changes.

    In other words, adding two teams wouldn't mean the SEC is dividing the current revenue pie. It would mean, more than anything, completely restructured deals that would likely dwarf the $2 billion-plus the SEC receives from current CBS and ESPN deals.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    This crap will never end. Ignore it.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    If Texas really cares about "saving" the Big 12, they'll drop this notion of televising high school games of their recruits.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    paradigm shift = my conference ain't going above 12 until somebody else does

    this isn't going to happen anytime soon


    read this post quickly - it might not last long

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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    I'm never going to feel safe in this conference until they decide to add 2 more teams.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    A&M seems sincerely ****** off. You should read their article on Rivals, it's ridiculous. I almost want this **** to just go down so I can stop hearing about it. Fans of all these schools in the south not named Texas and Baylor feel like this conference is merely a time bomb waiting to explode.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    Texas needs to become an independent and the rest of the nine schools needs to add three more.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    Quote Originally Posted by stateofmind View Post
    Texas needs to become an independent and the rest of the nine schools needs to add three more.
    Well that is just clearly stupid. Texas is the cash cow.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    I have a hard time believing that the state of Texas would let A&M walk away from the Big 12.

    Also, I don't think the Longhorn network really does that much more for Texas recruiting. Maybe for other sports, but not football. Only so many people can play football for Texas.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    I havent been paying any attention to this "talk" this year.
    But, if Okie and A&M leave, that doesnt mean the end of the Big 12 does it?
    Could we replace them with a BYU and an Air Force in a jiffy? If so, I'd be ALL for that.
    Id just assume not have to play Okie each year. I feel like we already have enough "ringers" on our schedule.


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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    Meh - I'll believe it when it actually happens anymore. I'm a little tired of reading BS Big 12 doomsday scenarios from certain media members that are just dying for it to happen.


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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Meh - I'll believe it when it actually happens anymore. I'm a little tired of reading BS Big 12 doomsday scenarios from certain media members that are just dying for it to happen.

    This...

    I say pfffft. Whatever.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    This is different than a lot of the other articles that state that change is about to happen. This is not just throwing out some **** and seeing if it sticks this article is talking about a specific scenario with the Longhorn network that is not fair. The Longhorn Network should not be able to televise high school games because then those kids see themselves as being represented by Texas and that will give Texas a big advantage in recruiting against Oklahoma and A&M. This won't sway any recruits away from Iowa State because we don't recruit the same kids but it will change the dynamics of recruiting in the Big 12.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    Nothing more then OU and A&M fans crying foul over Texas having a fan following large enough to allow them to have their own network. If OU and A&M want their own networks then maybe they should focus on building a fanbase and brand that can stand alone. If either of those schools was in a position to start their own network they wouldn't be crying about it.

    Bunch of *******.



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    Re: Sporting News: OU and A&M may look at SEC

    If they go to the SEC and join the big time cheaters, that won't stop Texas from broadcasting high school games. So that advantage for recruits is still going to exist.

    If these sore losers would quit crying over what Texas has and join the other Big XII schools in forming a network then maybe they can broadcast high school games as well.

    Texas can only bring in 25 recruits a year, thus this is far more about jealousy and egos then actual recruiting advantages.



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