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The Pac-10 may be slightly superior academically to the SEC but we'll concede that the difference...

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The Pac-10 may be slightly superior academically to the SEC but we'll concede that the difference isn't necessarily big enough to prevent a school such as Texas A&M from joining. And assuming the Pac-16 gets a television deal in 2012 relative to what the SEC and Big Ten have accomplished in recent years (and there's no reason to believe they won't), one must concede that the financial gains of going to the Pac-16 vice SEC are pretty negligible over the long term.

I have been, and remain, critical about some of the erroneous and unnecessary broadsides some of the Longhorn faithful have launched at the SEC, so I will give credit where credit is due by noting what one Texas fan had to say about the Aggies' possible move to the Southeastern Conference. Go 'Dawgs!

USC's Director of Compliance said Florida is one of 5 schools to illegally contact Dillon Baxter

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USC's Director of Compliance said Florida is one of 5 schools to illegally contact Dillon Baxter

I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you! Go 'Dawgs!

A&M has been in contact with the SEC for months, despite the longstanding assumption that the Texas...

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A&M has been in contact with the SEC for months, despite the longstanding assumption that the Texas schools would hang together behind the wildly profitable Longhorn juggernaut. But former Aggie player/coach Gene Stallings, now an A&M regent, has taken control of the push for the SEC, where he won a national championship as Alabama's head coach in 1992. Stepping out of the back channels of Texas politics, Stallings didn't hesitate to distance A&M from the Longhorns on Alabama radio: "I think A&M is now big enough to stand on its own. We don’t need to piggyback on Texas." Truly spoken like a man with only a few months left in his term. If A&M opts out of the Pac-10 exodus, their crucial position as the 16th team could fall to Kansas or Utah; given the political ramifications and the cold shoulder in scheduling by everyone A&M has ever considered any kind of rival, the odds remain on the Aggies' following the original route to the West Coast – especially if the SEC invite is tied to their ability to deliver Texas, as well, which appears to be a complete nonstarter.

Dr. Saturday makes his case for why the Aggies will go with the flow and follow the Longhorns into the Pac-10. Matt Hinton may well be right, but, the longer this goes on, the better I like the SEC's chances. Even if you take seriously Texas's alleged threat never to schedule the Aggies again in any sport unless they remain conference mates (which I'm not at all sure I do), and even if you assume Lone Star State politicos with a long history of involving themselves in athletics decisions wouldn't compel Texas and Texas A&M to continue their rivalry on the field (which I'm quite sure I don't), the Aggies have longstanding rivals in the SEC (Arkansas and LSU) . . . and it isn't as though programs haven't sacrificed rivalries on the altar of conference expansion before. Pitt's entry into the Big East and Penn State's entry into the Big Ten all but killed that once-yearly rivalry. The expansion of the ACC and the SEC in 1992 made Georgia's battles with Clemson much more infrequent affairs. Earlier today, Nebraska essentially tossed the last handful of dirt onto the grave in which the Cornhuskers' rivalry with Oklahoma is interred. I'm not at all sure I believe the Aggies' entry into the SEC would sound the death knell of their rivalry with the Longhorns, but, quite frankly, more storied rivalries than that one have ended when leagues grew. It might be sad, but, to Texas, this is (to quote a line from the end of "The Godfather") just business. The 'Horns clearly want to call the shots, not just for themselves, but for everyone even remotely in their orbit. Let 'em do it. Maybe it's high time Texas A&M left Texas like Michael Corleone at the end of "The Godfather, Part II," on top of the world and increasingly cut off from everyone who got him there. Gene Stallings sold his alma mater short. The Aggies can't just stand, they can walk. I'm increasingly convinced that their movement will be east, not west. Cue the Jessica Simpson remake of the Nancy Sinatra classic. Go 'Dawgs!

A high-placed SEC source told Sporting News on Thursday that the league will likely only expand...

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A high-placed SEC source told Sporting News on Thursday that the league will likely only expand with Texas and Texas A&M.

Matt Hayes makes maybe the dumbest observation ever. The Longhorns are completely off the board where the SEC is concerned, and they probably never were on the board in the first place. There is too much evidence of Mike Slive's acumen for any serious person to believe the SEC commissioner would be dumb enough to give up the fertile recruiting grounds of the Lone Star State and the Houston media market because he could only get one of the two teams that can deliver those prizes. Refusing to take Texas A&M because we couldn't get Texas would be cutting off our noses to spite our faces in a big, and uncommonly stupid, way. The link to the above nonsense appeared in a Team Speed Kills roundup along with this link to a piece by the much more credible Kirk Bohls, who reports that multiple sources confirm Texas A&M's ongoing consideration of an offer to join the SEC. Go 'Dawgs!

Anyone have any non-fabricated odds of Texas A&M joining the Pac10 vs SEC? My guess is they'll...

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Anyone have any non-fabricated odds of Texas A&M joining the Pac10 vs SEC? My guess is they'll stick w/ Texas, but that's just a wild guess.

Dr. Saturday is frank with his fans. Go 'Dawgs!

Stallings on Finebaum show: Texas A&M "may have to stand alone and go our own way" in expansion.

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Stallings on Finebaum show: Texas A&M "may have to stand alone and go our own way" in expansion.

(Hat tip: secgridirongirl.) Go 'Dawgs!

I think the Big Money Ags (BMAs) all favor a move to the SEC over the Pac-10, but I'm not sure if...

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I think the Big Money Ags (BMAs) all favor a move to the SEC over the Pac-10, but I'm not sure if all the politicians in Austin (*cough* Perry *cough*) feel that way. If Gene Stallings and Chancellor Mike McKinney are leading the push for the SEC, I feel reasonably good about our chances, although Liucci reports it is about 60/40 we go to the Pac-16 right now. I am also wondering how much effect a threat by texas to 'never play us again in any sport' is having; I don't see why we should let the opinion of another school effect our decision to do what is best for our athletic department. If we go to the SEC, our profile in football would increase significantly, especially on the national level, and with games against LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, it isn't like we'd need a game with texas to help our strength of schedule or exposure for recruiting.

Beergut sums up the situation from the Aggies' perspective and urges the Texas A&M faithful to call the governor. You go, 'Gut! The more time that passes without the Aggies declaring their intention to follow Texas into the Pac-10, the more I believe Texas A&M is headed our way. Hey, rules are rules, and one of them is that, if you're a Longhorn rival and you lose an Independence Bowl to Georgia, you have to join the SEC West. Go 'Dawgs!

I'm Going Postal if the 'Dawgs Are Going Coastal

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You will never laugh harder at an exhibition of misplaced hubris than you will laugh at this explanation of how the ACC can poach teams (including ours) from the SEC. I especially loved the part about how the league has "peaked." Yeah, four straight national championships'll do that for you. Go to the bathroom before you read this, or you will wet yourself. (Hat tip: Team Speed Kills.) Go 'Dawgs!

LeMay could be suspended from high school for 30 days

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It doesn't specify the cause for suspension, but I'd imagine it would be something serious for that type of NCAA USC brand of punishment.

According to UT Austin’s website, the average SAT score for the 2009 freshman class was 1...

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According to UT Austin’s website, the average SAT score for the 2009 freshman class was 1223. According to the Texas A&M website, the average SAT score for 2009 freshmen was 1210. According to UGA’s website, the average SAT score for 2009 freshmen was 1263.

NCT shoots, NCT scores. Go 'Dawgs!