Texas A&M and Expansion: SEC to Take No Action on Conference Expansion for Now

My apologies for the lack of posting over the past few, action-filled days. I'm currently on a vacation with my family, from which I will return tomorrow evening. This post, too, will be short for that reason.

That said, I'd be remiss in my duties to fail to comment at all on this story. As you all know, Texas A&M is seeking admission to the SEC. The media has represented expansion as a done deal, with outlets like espn.com reporting headlines more or less stating that A&M is joining the SEC, with schools such as FSU, Clemson, and Mizzou soon to follow.

Through all of the noise over this story over the past two days, I've continuously noticed that almost all of the confirmed interest is coming from College Station. Although one would have to assume that A&M has reason to believe that the SEC is interested, there was conspicuously no indication that an invite was a done deal. The question remained as to whether the SEC is truly serious about bringing in Texas A&M at this time.

It appears that my doubt was not unwarranted: the SEC presidents met today and decided not to accept A&M's overtures. Why did the SEC reject A&M? Well, that remains open for speculation. It must first be said that this is not an unequivocal rejejction. Florida prez Bernie Machen says that

"We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league," Machen said. "We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M."

It certainly sounds like A&M-to-the-SEC isn't out of the question and that this will be a developing issue. My opinion is that the question of finding a suitable 14th team was a sticking point for some SEC presidents. A 14th has not been chosen and confirmed, and Machen, Harrison Pastides, and Michael Adams may be against the logical choices that reside within their states. This being the case, the SEC may be reluctant to make a move on A&M without the certainty that it will find a quality counterpart for the Aggies. That's just speculation, of course.

Whatever the case may be, the events that have occurred over the past two days should tell you that there's tons of misinformation about this issue. I would suggest that fans proceed with interested caution.

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