Ever since the Texas A&M Aggies almost certainly used beat writer Brent Zwernerman to leak the interest of the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners joining the SEC during the conference’s media days on Wednesday, the Aggies have been in full meltdown mode.
Beyond achieving peak TexAgs in the two-plus days since — a remarkable accomplishment — athletics director Ross Bjork quickly expressed the school’s opposition to Texas joining the conference the Aggies used to escape the long shadow of the Longhorns.
But with reports that A&M was left out of discussions by the conference, potentially in fear of just such a leak, no other schools joined the Aggies in opposing a conference vote to extend an invitation to the Longhorns and Sooners next week that looks like nothing more than a formality.
Left with no other options, the A&M Board of Regents will meet on Monday in an attempt to appease the most extreme elements of its fanbase and, perhaps, to establish appearances to the extent that no one loses their job behind this.
The Texas A&M Board of Regents will meet on Monday at 5 pm CT, "for discussion and possible action on contractual and governance issues relating to Texas A&M University and the Southeastern Conference."— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 24, 2021
Of course, there’s no exit fee for the SEC, so if A&M wants to rage quit the conference, that’s absolutely still a possibility. Rage quit away, Aggies.
Beyond that unlikely event, the Monday meeting is nothing more than an opportunity to officially document just how mad the A&M is about this development that happened beyond their control because SEC leadership doesn’t actually care about their complaints.
Call it an unfortunate side effect of leaving the conference in which they might have actually had that type of control 10 years ago.