Texas A&M Football: The Aggies' Move to the SEC Not About the Longhorn Network
The common theme from the mainstream media about Texas A&M's flirtation with the SEC is that it is due to an inferiority complex with Texas and jealousy over Texas' new toy, The Longhorn Network. Since Aug. 12, the nation's newspapers and airwaves have been inundated with stories about how A&M's move is about ego and an inability to beat Texas on the field.
The media seem to be ignoring the real reason A&M is looking for greener pastures—Texas simply cannot be trusted.
Texas seems intent on showing everyone their propensity for lying on a daily basis. Kirk Bohls, a columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, just reported on twitter that the Longhorn Network plans on televising a second conference football game this year, along with high school highlights.
When Texas and all other members of the conference signed the most recent television contract, they agreed to the rights to one third-tier football game per year.
When news broke of Texas trying to televise a second game this season, the Big 12 came to a consensus that the only way a game could be televised would be if the conference approved, and there was benefit to everyone in the conference.
There has been no mention of a consensus from the conference that broadcasting the Kansas State-Texas game (reportedly the most likely candidate) would be of benefit to the conference nor approved by the conference.
Texas and the LHN march forward anyways.
Texas A&M petitioned the NCAA to come out with a ruling on the legality of a collegiate network broadcasting high school programming, and the NCAA permanently banned the broadcasting of high school programming.
Bohl's report today indicates that Texas is intent on thumbing their noses at the NCAA ruling and going back on their word to the rest of the conference.
This is the mentality that Texas A&M has had to deal with.
Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe seems intent on allowing Texas to do whatever they want. Every member of the Big 12 is a partner in the success or failure of the conference. If no one is going to hold all of the partners accountable for their actions, then why participate in that partnership?
Texas has shown they cannot be trusted. Beebe has shown he will not hold them accountable. Texas A&M is not going to do business with a partner they cannot trust in a conference that is little more than a rubber stamp of approval for Texas.
In the SEC, Vanderbilt is treated the same as Alabama. Everyone is treated as an equal despite their success or failures in athletic competitions.
In the Big 12, you have schools like Baylor producing incredibly slanted economic studies in an attempt to force A&M to remain in the conference.
In the SEC you have the fiercest of rivals coming together to help each other out in times of need. That is the kind of conference that is attractive to successful programs.
Texas A&M is 18-17 over the past 35 years against Texas in football, so this is not about being able to compete on the football field.
It is about doing business in an environment where everyone can be trusted.
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