Yesterday I noted the dilemma facing Texas Governor and A&M alumnus Rick Perry with the conference realignment situation facing the Texas school.
So far, Perry has professed to staying away from the situation, which I interpreted Friday as meaning that A&M will go with Texas to the Pac-10. (If the Aggies were to go to the SEC, that could potentially end all games between UT and A&M … would he want that to happen on his watch?)
Today, longtime AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN columnist Kirk Bohls noted that despite Perry’s involvement denials, sources told him that the governor would have ultimate say on where his alma mater would land.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will have a decisive say in which conference his alma mater, Texas A&M, joins and he probably prefers the Aggies link with Texas and other Big 12 schools and accept invitations to the Pac-10 Conference, two long-time political figures told the Statesman. Read more…
Chip Brown of Texas sports website Orangebloods.com reports Friday afternoon on Twitter:
Texas will announce its plans to join the Pac-10 after its regents meet next Tuesday, sources confirm to Orangebloods.com.
Brown also reported today that with Nebraska now joining the Pac-10, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will join Texas in the Longhorns’ exodus west.
Texas A&M is another matter, as the Aggies are reportedly mulling a move east to the SEC. Such a decision could reportedly signal the end of the century-long rivalry between the Longhorns and the Aggies.
Brown reported Thursday, via Orangebloods.com Publisher Geoff Ketchum, that Texas may move to eliminate all games between the schools if A&M does not join the Pac-10 with the Longhorns.
That perhaps could be the most unbelievable development of everything we’ve seen the past week. And if it were to somehow happen, one person would deserve the most blame - and he doesn’t work for either school. Read more…