Not so fast, our SEC friends.

We’re not even out of the weekend yet, and the Aggies have already begun backtracking.

Bjork said on Saturday that A&M was aware of the potential for expansion in the conference, but that “we were all surprised about the speed and acceleration piece of this. We knew about realignment potential and the future of the Big 12 in particular and what those dynamics were.”

When asked if A&M would vote against Texas joining the conference, Bjork said they still need more information.

“We’re not to that point,” he said. “We have governance structure at our campus to work through. We don’t know what a lot of the information is at this point in time to even say one way or another.”

Uh hunh.  In other words, he wants to see the size of the new checks.

Texas A&M president M. Katherine Banks also released a statement on Saturday, saying the Aggies are committed to their membership in the SEC.

“The last few days have been challenging in many ways, and I recognize that change in college athletics often is unsettling for those who love their institutions,” said Banks, who took over as president on June 1. “Rest assured, the chancellor, our athletic director, and I, and everyone involved in this matter are focused solely on what is best for Texas A&M University. Since 2011, we have been a proud member of the best intercollegiate athletic conference in history and we look forward to continued success in our SEC partnership for many years to come.”

They may be upset, but they’re not suicidal.

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41 responses to “Not so fast, our SEC friends.

  1. akascuba

    An honest answer is appreciated in her “we are solely focused on what is best for Texas A$M”. This is a wonderful improvement from the standard BS.

    Bottom line how much more money do we get for voting yes?

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  2. Down Island Way

    When your last name is Bank$, I know which account you’re looking at…a Texas sized one…

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  3. chicagodawgfan

    So was the change in attitude caused by:

    A. A&M realizes their options are limited and it’s gonna happen anyway
    B. SEC commish told them to stop crying and fall in line
    C. The checks have more 000’s than anyone expected
    D. All of the above

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  4. Down Island Way

    ‘the 12th Man’ is ready,” you can Bank$ on that…

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  5. Ran A

    A&M has proved they are not stupid.. Now it’s Texas’s time. If they come in with that Big 12/SWC arrogance, they’ll find themselves ostracized before they can put their 10 Gallon hat down. They are adding money and value to the league – true. But what they will quickly find out is that the league doesn’t need them or have to have them. I think Oklahoma will fit right in and bring a lot to the conference. Their strengths are the SEC strengths. And Texas does will improve in football with Sark there and they have a heck of a baseball program. Not sure what is going to be more entertaining, the games or the divorce coming from the Big 12…

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    • Gaskilldawg

      You are implying that Oklahoma is what the SEC really wanted and had to take Texas to get them. I agree.. While, as you point out. Texas has value but not enough to be the target of the raid.
      We need to bring in 2 teams in order for there to be balance. and OU would have wanted to preserve its big rivalry game. but if UT wanted to come and OU didn’t I will bet the SEC would have reacted differently. By contrast, if IU said it would come but only with Oklahoma State I wonder if the SEC would have been willing.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        “OU”, not “IU”

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      • Why take OU if the pain-in-the-ass Longhorns have to come along? If this were the two Oklahoma schools, no way does $ankey even take the call.

        This is about the combination of the 2 with Texas as top billing.

        The ESPN Invitational would be just fine with Texas in every year along with ND, anOSU, and USC (if ESPN really desires an SEC team, that would be the Handbags) … the Sooners? Not so much. That should tell you all you need to know.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          Because a CFP regular will increase the number of SEC teams likely to get into the expanded playoffs creating more playoff money to distribute. Texas has never come close to being in the playoff.
          Texas is the Southern Cal of the Central Time Zone.
          Texas may be the bully in the league that needs it but it will find that in the SEC Alabama and Georgia and Auburn and Florida have the clout that it doesn’t. It will find that Vandy and South Carolina can out vote it.

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          • In 2020, 4 teams get in. In 2019, I believe 4 teams get in. In 2018, 4 get in. In 2017, 3 teams get in.

            No one is taking into account the cannibalism that will take place with expansion. Someone has to lose games especially when you go to 9 conference games. There are 6 wild card spots. At most, the SEC will get 3 of those in a normal year … exactly what we’re typically getting now.

            This argument makes zero sense for expansion. I’m not saying you make zero sense, Gaskill, but for those who are making the financial decision based on CFP revenue, the math doesn’t appear to work for me. The only reason to do this economically is the brand pull on the conference TV package with Texas.

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          • Maybe said differently … would you prefer Texas or Oklahoma to get one of the wild card spots over Georgia because one of those two beat us during the regular season? Maybe as I have become more cynical about college sports, my desire to see other SEC schools be successful has waned as well. The “SEC! SEC! SEC!” chant means less to me than it did 15 years ago.

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  6. charlottedawg

    So I’m in Texas for a wedding for an Aggie grad. Overheard one guy, different Aggie grad, say that of course the Aggies could find 3 other schools to block Texas and Oklahoma because “under the current deal I think each school gets like $40mm a year and under the new deal they’d get like $60mm a year and how significant really is an additional $20mm”. Took every fiber of my being to not say “lol bless your heart”

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    • Gaskilldawg

      I thought A & M was a good math and engineering school. A good reply would have been. “50% more.”

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  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    aTm, Auburn, Tech, they’re peas in a pod. HEY WHAT ABOUT ME!

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  8. I don’t blame A&M for waiting to support this publicly until they see the size of the check to make it worth their while to support the expansion. I would say for the original 10 members, I would also wait to see what it’s going to do to scheduling and rivalries.

    Who am I kidding? $ankey and his 14 flunkies are only going to look at the money and decide.

    Texas has trashed two conferences already. There is a definite pattern.

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  9. Hogbody Spradlin

    I imagine getting Texas will add more rating$ than A&M did, and I imagine A&M figured that out. Oklahoma is a pretty good national brand, but Texas will put more eyeballs on the screen than OU too.

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  10. 69Dawg

    If I was A&M I would have said bring them on, we’ll kill the mothers. By reacting as they did they showed that they still feel inferior to UT. I have no doubts Jimbo will kick their butts. It’s just too bad they had to whine about it.
    As to the “pact” about not bring in other teams from the same state, I’m sure that is gone with the wind. If Clems son wanted in USCe would get their butts handed to them on the vote. Tech, Miami and FSU aren’t wanted at present but if FSU and the U get back to the top they would be welcome to bring the rest of Florida with them.

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  11. winodawg

    mailto:athdir@uga.edu

    I emailed Brooks and asked him to block Texas. Pissing in the wind, I know, but I just don’t want them.

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    • PTC DAWG

      You gone dish out the extra 20 MILLION DOLLARS yearly?

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      • Is $20m to the AA worth the potential of losing the Auburn rivalry as an annual affair to you as a fan? If we lose one of our two annual rivalry games as a result of this, I’m totally against it.

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        • Yeah, I want to see how the new SEC divisions and the schedules shake out, before I’m 100% behind this.

          I want Texas and Oklahoma put into the West Division, Aubie and Bammer moved East; then play a 9-game SEC schedule, 6 intra-division games.

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          • ElectroM

            If they move Auburn to the East that puts 8 teams in the East and 6 teams in the West. Add Oklahoma and Texas to the West makes 8 teams. This what I hope happens if they go ahead with this expansion.

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          • Bulldawg Bill

            Chop, better be careful what you wish for. There will be a ton of cannibalism in that scenario. Could be brutal for us depending on how we’re scheduled.

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        • PTC DAWG

          I don’t care for AU…maybe we’ll get rid of having to play Misery every year.

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      • winodawg

        Sure. You take a check?

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  12. Crow is best served deep fried in Texas, hell maybe even on a stick at their state fair…I don’t think anyone in Birmingham was worried about A&M using their nuclear football…and had they, the door was flung wide open for multiple schools actually located in the Southeast….

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  13. 2021 SEC to TAMU: So like we said…sorry, but you abusive ex and his cowboy cousin are moving in with you. I hope you understand. Here’s a little something for your trouble…why don’t you go buy something nice for yourself.

    TAMU (crying/ sniffling): ok. Did he mention if he was sorry? Maybe promise to change his ways?

    SEC: Ummmm…yeah. Sure.

    TAMU: So…maybe we can, you know…get back together for Thanksgiving again? I’ll cook his favorites! I’ll even get a new dress (uniform)! Oh glory be! Maybe this time not will really work out!

    SEC: Yeah…keep that thought. Gotta go now. Saban is calling with the new rule changes he wants.

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  14. Anon

    I don’t get the inferiority complex by many Dawg fans here. Holy shit. This thing is a gold mine for fans. Texas teeing it up in Athens. Dawgs teeing it up in Austin and taking over 6th street. Norman is a great college town. Been there. OU fans traveling to Athens will be a hoot. As passionate as fans a there are. Not to mention all the baseball, basketball, golf, etc. SEC elevates OU/UT….but it will grow the UGA brand too. I think this might the spark that ignited my excitement again in college athletics. Bring it on ASAP.

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  15. The SEC is going to regret getting in bed with Texas. Just like every other conference who went down that road has.

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    • I keep seeing this argument in the comments. What, exactly, is Texas going to do?

      The only threat I can see to the conference is the formation of some sort of super league and if that were to happen, Texas would hardly be the only conference member involved.

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