The presidents of the Southeastern Conference schools voted unanimously last night to invite Texas A&M to join the SEC. Their invitation was extended on the condition that no individual Big 12 schools would sue A&M for leaving the conference. All of the Big 12 schools had given their assurance of no legal action. But Baylor University withdrew their consent yesterday and said that they are considering legal action. Where do things stand now? A&M won’t go to the SEC as long as Baylor holds out.
Surely there are financial reasons for all of this. Baylor is in a conference with outstanding football programs, not the least of which are Texas, Oklahoma and A&M. If A&M leaves, that will be the beginning of the end of the Big 12 as an elite conference. When the music stops, Baylor knows that they are likely not to have a chair to sit in. And a weakened Big 12 probably is not a very attractive prospect to Baylor.
But none of that will make this pill go down any smoother for A&M fans. I hope they get this resolved quickly.