Multiple media outlets report that Texas A&M may be leaving the Big 12 conference for the Southeastern Conference as soon as the 2012 college football season. Texas A&M turned down an offer to join the SEC during the 2011 off-season. Now it appears the Aggies have buyers remorse, and want to make the move.
The rumors appear to be real. According to the New York Times, the SEC scheduled a meeting for Sunday of its member presidents. The meeting will be to vote on admitting Texas A&M as a member of the SEC.
With the addition of a thirteenth team to the conference, the new question becomes who will become the SEC’s fourteenth member. Early indications are that presidents of SEC schools will not vote to allow a new team from a state where they already have current members. That stipulation would preclude some very obvious members such as Florida State University and Clemson. Missouri becomes the name of choice in that situation.
But does FSU offer the opportunity for bigger revenues for the SEC? Adding FSU to the SEC schedule would mean even more big match-ups from week-to-week. That could mean an even bigger television contract. Money talks, and everything walks as they say. The benefits of adding FSU could out-weigh the negatives.