Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hey SEC and ACC Conferences, Look Out!

Look for the University of Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and yes, Texas AM to announce Tuesday they are joining the Pac 10 conference. Don't believe those rampant rumors about Texas AM joining the Southeastern Conference. Everyone in College Station realizes where Texas goes, AM must follow: Why? Do the math: when the Longhorns come to town they bring about $106 million dollars to the local economy. I don't think, on the other hand, very many Aggie fans are going to spend that kinda cache on a beat down ala  Alabama 56, Texas AM 0. You could probably say the same thing when Florida, LSU, and Georgia also visit. The Aggies can't be blamed  for wanting to move out of arch rival Texas' shadow by entertaining offers from the SEC. In the long run, however, money talks especially when it flows like rich Texas crude. Another reason AM comes on board is they know the Kansas Jay Hawks would love to take their place alongside their old Big 12 buddies. The SEC, meanwhile, should be looking over their shoulders. Don't think Florida athletic director, Jeremy Foley, for example, isn't saying, "Boy it sure would be nice to get away from  Alabama; and Alabama is wondering what it would be like not facing LSU; while LSU is saying the same thing about Georgia. In this scenario, a  move to ACC would please any of those schools. A likely state of affairs, therefore, could potentially include Florida and Tennessee moving to the ACC, or Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee moving northeast to reap the benefits of all the lucrative television households of the Atlantic Coast. In this situation, the football rich SEC might be its own worst enemy with teams seeking realignment in much the same way the Rays would love to ditch the moneyed Yankees; the Rays, in fact, will tell you, "We will go anywhere, anywhere! just get us away from these guys."

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