If Oregon can beat LSU and then not have any brain farts the rest of the season, they should be back in the National Title game again. How sweet would it be to beat LSU in the first week and Alabama or another SEC team in the Natty?
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 it will withdraw from the conference, according to a newspaper report.
The New York Times said in a story posted on its website Monday night that Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin sent a letter to Missouri Chancellor and Big 12 board chairman Brady Deaton to inform the league it was leaving. The report cited two unidentified college officials with direct knowledge of the decision.
University spokesman Jason Cook did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment late Monday night.
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Texas A&M's departure would cast doubt on the future of the Big 12 and could lead to more major changes to college athletics.
The university said earlier Monday it had received a letter from Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe outlining the withdrawal procedure should the Aggies decide to leave the league.
Cook said the letter "outlines the withdrawal procedures according to the financial provisions of the Big 12 bylaws and mutual waivers of legal claims." He wouldn't provide any other details of the letter or comment on what A&M's next step might be.
The Aggies are interested in joining the Southeastern Conference and the dueling letters come less than a week after they formally told Beebe they are exploring their options and asked for the conference to outline the process if they decide to leave. The league's board of directors addressed the possible departure of the Aggies this weekend.
"I certainly appreciate the discussion among the Big 12 presidents/chancellors and the expression of their desire for Texas A&M to remain in the conference," Loftin said in a statement issued before The New York Times report. "We all agree that Texas A&M is an extremely valuable institution; thus, it is incumbent upon me, as the president of the university, to ensure that we are in a position to enhance our national visibility and future financial opportunity."
Loftin added this is a "complex and long-term decision," but "it is not our intent to prolong our conference exploration for an extended period of time."
The SEC said earlier this month it was happy with its current 12-school membership but left the door open to expansion. Loftin then received authority from the board of regents to take any action he deems necessary in terms of realignment.
There is concern that a departure by the Aggies could jeopardize the future of the Big 12, which is down to 10 teams after Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) left the league last July. Loftin has said the Aggies would consider how their departure would impact the future of Big 12 before any decision is made.
The Big 12 would need to find a team to replace the Aggies if they exit the conference and there has been a lot of speculation about possible schools. So far, the only school to publicly express interest in moving to the Big 12 is SMU. Athletic director Steve Orsini said he's had informal talks with Big 12 officials for some time to inform them of the school's improvements and growth.
In the letter Loftin sent to the Big 12 last week, he said if the Aggies leave, they would want to do it in a manner that complies with league bylaws. He also has said financial concerns will factor into any decision to leave; the school likely would face an exit fee.
The Big 12, including Texas A&M, agreed to a 13-year television deal with Fox Sports in April worth more than $1 billion. There is a chance the contract could be voided if the Aggies leave the conference, which could lead to legal issues for Texas A&M and its new league.
The Big 12 declined to comment on Monday's letter.
This write-up really gets detailed and in-depth and shows how the formula for building Oregon football was born.
Couple of key excerpts:
"It's probably the easiest way for Oregon to cut through the clutter of college football, to be undeniably known for something," Swangard said. "If no one knows your product exists, there is no demand for your product, and at the end of the day it's about 18-year-old kids. The uniforms are the key ingredient to getting those bodies there, and the bodies are what win you football games."
Like LeGarrette Blount, from faraway Perry, Fla.
"The uniforms are awesome," he said in 2008 when he was asked why he wanted to go all the way to the Pacific Northwest to play football.
Like LaMichael James, from Texarkana, Texas.
"I loved the uniforms," he said before the 2010 Rose Bowl, "and then I got to know more about Oregon." And then he became a Heisman Trophy finalist for the Ducks.
The past couple of years, as the Ducks were making their way to the Rose Bowl and their first no. 1 national ranking and then this past January's national championship game, which they lost to Auburn on a field goal with two seconds left, more teams around the country started wearing uniforms that made them look like … Oregon. West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Miami and Boise and TCU. Now Arizona State and Oklahoma State and Wyoming.17
Nike's designers are still working. The evolution is ongoing. All those other schools? They won't look like Oregon for long.
He's actually playing in Fayetteville, AR tonight in D.W. Reynolds Stadium where Arkansas plays their home games. I really want to make the 30-40 minute drive-up and watch but I've got too much homework to get done before the weekend so I can go to the lake.
I did watch DGB on TV last weekend, though, and he looked like a man-child. Of course he was also playing against a pretty bad and physically small 2A school in Missouri. Tonight he's playing against a team in Arkansas' biggest classification but they are also one of the bottom-feeders in their conference. It should still be a better gauge of Dorial, though, than his first game.
Arkansas is recruiting him hard. Not sure how much of a chance we stand but we're still on his list of potential school choices.