Texas A&M wants into the SEC yesterday. Even if it costs — as some have suggested — as much as $30 million in exit penalties.
The SEC slowed the process down over the weekend. The league wanted to make sure A&M could clear any and all hurdles before providing them a new home. That and the SEC wants/needs to find and add a 14th team to join alongside the Aggies.
So we wait. But we may not be waiting for long.
Commissioner Dan Beebe suggested to The Dallas Morning News today that the Big 12 might give A&M a deadline to make a decision.
“I think the (Big 12) members deserve to know what Texas A&M’s intentions are going forward regarding the conference.” Asked about waiting for months on a decision — which A&M president R. Bowen Loftin has said might be a possibility — Beebe made it clear that he’s not in favor of such a delay.
“I would suggest that would be an untenable position. We can’t operate with an institution waiting to decide if it wants to remain in the conference. There has to be a very short time for an institution to commit.”
Beebe said he could approach the Big 12′s board of directors about setting a deadline for A&M’s decision. (Interestingly, Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens was quoted in a story this morning as saying that A&M have “got three weeks to come to their senses.”)
“Ultimately, our strong main desire is to keep A&M and address whatever needs to be done to keep them as happy, fulfilled members of the conference,” Beebe said.
Yeah. And forcing a deadline down their throat should really help on that front.