TX Governor Inaction Sign A&M Will Back Down?

Chip Brown of Texas sports website Orangebloods.com reports Friday afternoon on Twitter:

Texas A&M to Texas: Saw 'Em Off Short

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.

Texas Governor and A&M alumnus Rick Perry has, at least so far, taken a pass on the conflict between Texas and Texas A&M.

From the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN today:

Gov. Rick Perry, before a speech to the Texas Eagle Forum on Thursday, said that he has ‘studiously stayed away’ from Big 12 conference discussions.

On the boards of regents: ‘They’re taking their time, they’re analyzing their options, I think they’ll make the right decisions.’

‘We’ll let the board of regents at the appropriate universities make the decisions. If it was up to me, I’d have an all-Texas conference. I kind of like the old Southwest Conference. But at the end of the day, it will be decisions that each individual university will make.’

On the surface I can understand why Perry, who is up for re-election and currently attending the Texas GOP Convention in Dallas, would want to steer clear of what is a potentially divisive issue. But his job as governor of the state is to look out for the interests of all Texans, not just his Aggie brethren.

A&M taking its sports business outside the state, which could include all matchups with Texas, is not good for Perry’s constituency no matter how you refract the situation. Isn’t it his duty to ensure that state-funded A&M’s interests also align with the state of Texas?

What Perry’s inaction is really telling me is that he doesn’t think A&M will move to the SEC, thus risking its 100-year relationship with UT. The last thing Perry would want on his watch as Governor - especially as an Aggie - is elimination of competition between the two schools.

Therefore, I’m going to assume that A&M’s posturing will dissolve before, during or shortly after Texas makes its Pac-1o conference affiliation official.

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