Guess what BamaDave, Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings were both at A&M before moving to Alabama. In fact, I was a freshman Aggie when Stallings took A&M to the Cotton Bowl and beat Alabama and the Bear who hoisted Gene up in the air when they met at midfield after the game was over. So if A&M was good enough for those great coaches, we are good enough for the SEC.
Over the weekend, Scott Rabalais of The Baton Rouge Advocate caught up with LSU chancellor Michael Martin to talk about expansion. And unlike most of his fellow presidents, Martin had plenty to say:
“It isn’t all about money. I want to know about travel for all student-athletes and if that school really fits into our mix, whether they share the same values that we do. … I’ve always thought a 12-team league for the SEC is a good one. It’s fairly easy travel and we’ve been successful competitively. Prove to me a new model is better than what we have and we’ll put it to a vote.”
The chancellor also provided yet another clue that the SEC is thinking about adding two teams at the moment, not four. “It doesn’t make sense to add one school, to be a 13-team league,” he said. “If Texas A&M, then who else?”
As we’ve said before, the final call on expansion — who gets in… if anyone gets in — will be made by academicians and many, many factors will influence their final votes.
Look at Martin’s photo at left. Now you tell us if you think that gentleman is going to make such a major decision based solely upon who plays dynamite football.