Just a quick catch-up on what’s happening on the Texas A&M/Baylor/SEC front today:
This morning, AggieYell.com — the Rivals site covering Texas A&M — reported that a source had told the website that Baylor was “going to move on” without taking legal action against the SEC.
Cheers went up in College Station.
But then Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News tweeted the following:
“Big 12 school source said reports today that Baylor has agreed not to sue SEC are inaccurate. ‘Completely false,’ the source said.”
And with that, groans could be heard in College Station.
Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin has since released the following statement:
“We are certainly pleased with the action taken last night by the presidents and chancellors of the Southeastern Conference to unanimously accept Texas A&M as the league’s 13th member. However, this acceptance is conditional, and we are disappointed in the threats made by one of the Big 12 member institutions to coerce Texas A&M into staying in Big 12 Conference. These actions go against the commitment that was made by this university and the Big 12 on Sept. 2. We are working diligently to resolve any and all issues as outlined by the SEC.”
Remember how we’ve been saying for weeks that things won’t be final until they are final? That anything could happen? That all those reports of a “done deal” won’t mean anything until the deal is — ya know — actually done? Wel this is exactly the kind of nonsense we’ve been expecting.
And should it really come as a shock that Baylor president Kenneth Starr — unable to proactively draw any interest from other leagues in his university — has decided to take a “by any means necessary” approach? After all, when he was unable to find any evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Bill Clinton in the Whitewater mess, he instead trotted out a semen-stained dress. Like Clinton or dislike Clinton, Starr showed 15 years ago that he would go to any lengths to achieve his goal. So a lawsuit coming from this guy — in an attempt to impede an entire system on the verge of evolving — shouldn’t surprise a soul.