Are the Aggies Leaving the Big XII?

There was a lot of talk about the possibility last season, and as the 2011 season fast approaches, that ‘talk’ is being started again.

The Texas Longhorns are preparing to debut their very own network in a few weeks and that has some teams in the Big XII concerned.

The Big XII nearly collapsed last June. Colorado and Nebraska did end up jumping ship, the Cornhuskers to the Big Ten and the Buffaloes to the PAC-12. Rumors had the Longhorns headed to the PAC-10 (now PAC-12) along with Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Texas A&M nearly left for the SEC.

In the end, the majority of the teams were able to come to an agreement to save the conference (although the Big XII now only has 10 teams). The Longhorn Network may end of being the nail in the coffin.

Texas A&M recently released a statement that expressed concern over the recruiting edge that the network would give the Longhorns with the network airing high school football games (from inside and outside the state of Texas). It would also air another conference game for the Longhorns.

There is enough concern over the Network and how well it will pad the Longhorn bank account relative to the rest of the conference that both the Aggies and the Oklahoma Sooners are thinking of reviving talks with the SEC.

Texas A&M has released a statement expressing its discontent with the network, but it would be surprising to see the Longhorns, their longest and most-hated rival, would be too concerned with what the Aggies think.

Reports surfaced last summer that the Aggies Board of Regents had the votes to move the school to the SEC.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive has been non-committal, simply stating that he will do what he thinks is best for the Southeastern Conference.

Head football coach Mike Sherman is not real concerned with any conference move, but with competing this coming season in the Big XII (a move could not happen prior to the 2011 season).

"That talk is pretty much what it is - talk right now,” Sherman said of any SEC chatter among fans. "Truthfully, the way I look at it, our athletic director, president and the board of regents, I let them worry about that. I have enough stuff on my plate to fill it up."

Big XII commissioner Dan Beebee has put a stop to the Longhorn Network broadcasting high school games or a conference game for the time being. Rumor has it that there may be a compromise in the near future that may pacify the other members of the conference.

So for now, it appears that no one will be going anywhere, but the possibility remains open.
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