Texas 37 - Iowa State 14
Texas spent a lot of time chasing Steele Jantz around the field, but they won this game pretty decisively.
Prior to the SEC vote, a Texas House Higher Education committee hearing had been scheduled to discuss conference realignment. After the SEC vote, that hearing was postponed. In the Higher Ed meeting today, which was scheduled to discuss other issues, the chairman brought up A&M letter, but their was no broader discussion. Not sure what this means, if anything. It could mean that the Big 12 has another school lined up to join, and thus there is no threat to Baylor or Tech of the conference crumbling. We’ll know at some point.
From the press release:
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University today officially notified the Big 12 Conference that the institution will submit an application to join another athletic conference. Should this application be accepted, Texas A&M will end its membership in the Big 12 Conference effective June 30, 2012.
“After much thought and consideration, and pursuant to the action of the (Texas A&M University System) Board of Regents authorizing me to take action related to Texas A&M University’s athletic conference alignment, I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference,” President R. Bowen Loftin wrote to Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe in the letter dated August 31, 2011.
“We appreciate the Big 12’s willingness to engage in a dialogue to end our relationship through a mutually agreeable settlement,” Loftin added. “We, too, desire that this process be as amicable and prompt as possible and result in a resolution of all outstanding issues, including mutual waivers by Texas A&M and the conference on behalf of all the remaining members.”
The Board of Regents at Texas A&M met today and gave President Loftin the OK to look at options for leaving Big 12 (Source). Baylor issued a study, conducted by Baylor alum Ray Perryman, on the fiscal impact of Texas A&M leaving the Big 12 (Source). And the Higher Ed committee meeting which was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed (Source). The conference remains intact for now, but things are still shaky.
Texas A&M may be out the door (there are varying reports and rumors), but there is one stakeholder who hasn’t had their say as of yet, but they will be meeting on Tuesday (August 16th) to discuss this issue. That stakeholder is the Texas Legislature, and the Higher Education committee will meet to discuss college athletics - according to the hearing notice. The Texas Legislature played a large role in the development of the Big 12 (and thanks to some powerful alums, Baylor was included in the conference), and since Texas A&M is a public institution, the Texas Legislature will have a role to play in the dissolution, or continuance, of the conference. If the committee meeting is broadcast online, you will be able to find it here (you will need RealPlayer).
With EA Sports coming to Austin, they’ve introduced this video showing Gov. Rick Perry as quarterback for Texas A&M (his alma mater).
Texas A&M’s Board of Regents will meet on Thursday, and in addition to their regular business, they will be discussing the Longhorn Network. According to the source, this is for informational purposes, but they’re not ignoring the potential impact of the Longhorn Network on the long term health of the Big 12.