Rick Perry, governor of Texas and potential Presidential candidate is making waves in the sports world these days with his comments about his alma mater, Texas A&M.
“I’ll be real honest with you. I just read about it the same time as y’all did. … As far as I know, conversations are being had. That’s frankly all I know. I just refer you to the university and the decision makers over there.”
His comments are pretty insignificant, but he’s helped bring the issue into the media forefront even further. This will absolutely contribute to more Texas A&M fans jumping on board with the “SECede” movement that is really picking up.
This will be one of the more interesting storylines that will play out in coming months and years for SEC fans. More people are coming to the opinion that it is only a matter of time especially with the Longhorn Network really upsetting the balance of the Big 12 and the Texas schools.
Here’s a quote from a Texas A&M blog which can be read here. Take it for what it’s worth:
Just received a phone call from a source that has been very reliable in the past. I was told that A&M will make an announcement that they will leave the Big 12 and join SEC some time before September 1st. So much for waiting until the spring. I assumed the timetable would be pushed up because with the mainstream media coverage something was going to have to happen sooner rather than later. This is the first time I have been given a date. Received an e-mail from a friend who has good sources inside the state capital. There will be no roadblocks from the state legislature to A&M joining the SEC. To be frank, the legislature will not be in session until after the election and they have more important things to worry about anyways. The governor is on board with A&M joining the SEC and even if he was not, he is too busy with preparing for a run at the presidency to worry about collegiate athletics.
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