SEC said to discuss Aggies’ admission
Southeastern Conference presidents will meet today to discuss Texas A&M’s admission to the league, The New York Times is reporting.
A person with knowledge of the situation confirms to The Associated Press that the meeting will be held. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting had not been publicly discussed.
The Times said all but one of the presidents will be at the SEC meeting, held the day before the Texas A&M System board of regents will meet. A special meeting is scheduled Monday that includes an agenda item about conference alignment.
The session comes amid reports that Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.
The SEC is interested in A&M because the move “brings us into the Texas market,” another person familiar with the situation told the AP on Saturday. But the person added that “it’s not about us wanting or needing 14 teams, Texas A&M came to us.”
The person said the conference could not ignore what the Aggies potentially have to offer.
“If A&M is dead set on getting away from Texas, whether it be because of the Longhorn Network or if they have had enough for whatever reason, you have to listen,” the person said. “If you don’t, someone else will.”
“It’s a business decision.”
If it does happen and A&M is put the SEC’s West Division, the person said the conference will have to add a 14th team in the East. However, the person said though the “Texas A&M thing will be decided in the week or so, the 14th team has not been discussed.”
According to media reports, several schools are being considered for that 14th slot, including Florida State and Clemson. Presidents at both those Atlantic Coast Conference schools said Saturday they have had no contact with the SEC.
The person said it’s unlikely the 14th team would come from the ACC.
“Our presidents simply don’t want to break up another conference,” the person said. “Remember, Texas A&M reached out to us. You know how many households there are in Texas? 8.9 million. Why would we want to hand that to the Pac-12 or any another conference?”
West Virginia and Missouri have also been mentioned.