During the last round of conference realignment there was alot of flirtation between Texas A&M and the SEC. Eventually the big 12 was able to survive the Pac 10's push to eliminate the conference and resumed business as usual minus Nebraska and Colorado. Well rumors are flying rapid that Texas A&M is back in talks with the SEC due to a frustration with Texas that has reached a near boiling point. The frustration surfaces from a deal between ESPN and Texas that would allow The Longhorn Network (LHN) to telecast high school football games in the state of Texas giving the longhorns an even bigger stranglehold on the state then they already have.
A&M is clearly not a fan of the idea and seems to be looking to break away from Texas and the big 12. SEC commish Mike Slive did not shoot down the thought of Adding A&M and possibly Oklahoma in a recent presser either by saying. "It is my job to make sure the SEC is the premier league,” Slive said. “For me to exclude any action that would preclude that from happening would be inappropriate.” Now Big 12 commish Dan Beebe is once again trying to save his conference by putting Texas and ESPN's plans on hold while trying to figure out a way to please eveyone involved.
But now with The Longhorn Network Beebe may not have enough power to stop what Texas is trying to do. The LHN pretty much allows Texas to control most of their own actions and they could easily break away from the conference and go independent if forced into a corner. IMO the big 12 has been a ticking time bomb for quite a while now and thats the reason the Big East did not jump and add the C-USA teams.They knew the Big 12 would or will eventually crumble leaving Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Ok State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Iowa State looking for a home. This would clearly be a better list to pick and chose from than anything C-USA has to offer.
*Heres is a link to an article by David Sandhop furthur discussing the matter*