Since it’s summer time and, frankly, those of us over here at www.theebears.com are fed up with talk about how A&M is trying to destroy the Big 12 because Texas is trying to destroy the Big 12, we’d like to look ahead to some basketball talk.
If you’ve been a long-time Baylor basketball fan, men’s or women’s, you know the crowds, amenities, atmosphere and facilities have been on a booming Daniel Sepulveda / Derek Epperson punt launch trajectory for some time.
I for one cannot wait until basketball season gets here. (Although I’m looking forward to football equally as much. Art Briles & Co. are quickly making Baylor football relevant again. It’s a great time to be a Baylor Bear fan!).
To give us a little reminder of the atmosphere that elite Men’s and Women’s programs bring to the Ferrell Center, check out this writeup from our friends at stadium journey put together for their website.
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In Texas A&M’s hopes of regaining football relevance, even on a regional level, they seem to be doing a lot of saber rattling for a team that was just 8 games over .500 throughout the history of the Big 12.
They also seem to be the only ones actually saying they received an offer from the SEC to join. I’ve scoured the internet trying to find any legitimate claim to this Aggie dream. The best I could find were several links from back during Big-12-mageddon in the Summer of ’10, including this one, which basically all say the same thing.
In these articles, the President of OU claims that both OU and ATM were were invited. What’s odd is it seems the Aggies are the only ones still beating their chests about this. I can find nothing official from the SEC saying “we’ve extended an offer to Texas A&M to join the SEC” or “we’ve extended an offer to Texas A&M and OU to join the SEC”. OU doesn’t seem to be pursuing this line of thinking a year later.
What UT is being allowed to get away with is deplorable, on that we all agree. Baylor of all schools is fully aware of the advantages the schools that bring the revenue inherently have. However, there’s no way that UT and ATM will ever be split up. We’ve all been over the numbers and schools involved a hundred times so I won’t re-hash it here.
ATM continues to sound like a little whiny brother whose advantages they have over most everyone (except Texas) just aren’t enough. Consider this, although being one of the largest and best funded universities in the nation, they haven’t won a conference championship in almost 15 years, won 1 bowl game during the history of the Big 12, haven’t finished in the top 25 in over a decade and parlayed one top 25 recruiting class after another to only 7 winning conference record seasons in 15 years and an overall Big 12 conference record of 65-57.
Maybe the SEC did offer A&M, OU, both, others. Time will only tell. More power to A&M if they are able to work their way into the SEC or any other conference away from UT. Baylor, more than any school in the Big 12, learned that you have to look out for yourself and invest properly in your football program. With Briles, Bennett & Co., Baylor and Baylor Nation are now doing all they can to right the ship.
However, for A&M, maybe the SEC is telling “We Didn’t Offer”-U that, well, they didn’t offer.
Joey Searcy out of Navarro. 6′ 295#.
Ranked #43 in the nation out of high school, playing for South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Tx). 80th ranked player in the state of texas in the 2009 recruiting class.
Committed to Minnesota. Had offers from:
- La Tech
- Utah State
Will have 2 years to play.
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