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Dear A&M: Start drilling your own well in the SEC

Posted on: June 12, 2010 10:45 am
Of all the teams in the Big 12 or whats remaining of it, which I guess is only time at this point, A&M has the most to gain. Not only for the University which has doubled its enrollment since the 70's, and will continue to have an alum base growing every year in a passionate state that loves to donate to football, but also A&M has a chance to provide the first link to the only remaining frontier in College Football...the states of Florida and Texas in one conference for the first time on the highest stage in College Football. An A&M move to the SEC gives instant national relevance to a program for the most part not nationally recognized outside of Texas due to the shadow of UT. WE all know A&M is the sleeping giant when it comes to resources, alumni base, a Dallas/Houston Media Market, and more importantly the only SEC school (if it happens) with sole ownership Texas recruits for the SEC.
Traditions are great, but we watched NU and OU stop their annual thanksgiving day game and time rolled on. A&M and UT could still play every year out of conference.

This is the best move A&M could ever make, they are poised to become a power house if they move to the SEC not immediately, but within a decade or two. The only tradition A&M should consider is becoming a potential powerhouse in College Football which starts by playing in the most prestigious and talent rich conference in the country.
Go for it! I think the Old Bear would agree, you won't find the same competition outside of the SEC, nor will you get a chance to have autonomy over your destiny as you will in the SEC. UT out west gives A&M the distinct advantage of staying put in the south.

Stay away from the trap of the PAC-16, and become the A&M you should be in the SEC, this is without a doubt UT's biggest fear as it should be for any team that plays in the same region. The Aggies are sitting on an untapped oil field, quit sitting and start drilling!
Category: NCAAF

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:14 am

Dear Big 12: A&M left now what?

Got some schools here I am surprised are not being talked about for the Big 12. Also some points.

1: Don't replace, Expand: Look at the proactive ACC going to 14 schools and follow that model. say Mizzou leaves and add 6 teams.

2: considering the picked over land scape, take the hot stock/merger/acquisition approach and build schools in smart markets that will also build the conference long term

3: Teams: I have 8 that would make financial sense and 2 that would keep the conference strong in regional tradition

4: Teams ranked in order:

1. San Diego State: This is a perefect example of a great school, location, market, stadium, facilities, recruiting ground and already a city with Holiday Bowl ties to the Big 12. A destination for any road game for good travel bases. Also this is a school with a base that would raise in passion if they played in a good conference. I still can't believe this school gets no headlines other thatn its region, excluding the Pac-12 that already has that market, the location only makes sense for the Big other BCS conference.

2. BYU: obvious-own network, tradition, Slat Lake and national market for alumns and religion

3. West Virginia: they want out, the market is unappealing, but the mark in that region is and especially with a relevant school looking to get out of the Big East this is a power school that should be in to maintain conference relevancy to counter Iowa St, KSU, and Baylor

4. Louisville: Northern KY and South Ohio market, relevant tradition especially in BasketBall good match with KU...a GREAT football stadium and facilities good market for recruiting..keep close to WV for regional tie in

5: University of South Florida: recruiting market and presence...not sexy now but like SDSU this is a school that could rise rapidly in a great conference and also a great addition to say an eastern conference with already relevant Louisville and WV..a penny stock that could pay off huge with the conference to back it

6. Cinncinati? well we start to dip a little regionally with already going after Louisville who also has that market, but you even solidify it more there and add to an Eastern conference of USF, WVU, and Louisville...Great BBall tradition, great market, good recruiting, good facilities, great passion in the region if in a great conference.

7. TCU! surprisingly low I know, but again how much do you gain when your entire conference footprint is already here..this is only a power add for a great football school to boost the stregth of the conference.

8. Memphis: not sexy unless Calipari is still coaching hoops, the potential market is intriguing, also a good add for the East plenty of potential to be relevant for the conference..great hoops tradition...they do Care about football in Memphis as well.

9. Central Florida: see USF, but less sexy

10. Houston: if we werent talking dollars this move makes perfect sense but since we are this adds no new revenue but only a school with potential to be really great in the right conference..already better or eaqual to ISU, Baylor, and KSU in relevance.

*11. UNLV: intriguing market and BBall school, but culturaly Vegas would never match with the Big 12 region

5:So waht do we have here?

1. Pre-Big 12 and BCS tie-ins, TTech, Baylor, ISU and KSU could just have easily been mid-majors and some would argue with the exception of KSU and TTech could still be...but their profiles have been rasied in the right conference to build them.

2. The football traditions would rapidly rise in this conference with all the tools at the disposal of the football tradiition rich Big 12 playing your conference championships in Jerry World would only help nationaly.

3. These schools need the big 12 1-5 just as much as the Big 12 needs them. This means? Texas and OU can still get thier way in the conference while these other schools reap the rewards of raising their own profile long term.

4. You may have a basketball conference to finally rival the ACC or at least be the second best

5 after a half decade or so, with the right leadership and vision this could be the highest paid TV conference due to its national market affiliations

Food for thought: think bigger than 12 and bigger than the Southern plains to save your conference long term

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