Talk about a confidence killer.
Yet another conference has come out and publicly stated that they neither want nor need expansion at this point in time, essentially indirectly telling the Texas A&M Aggies that their services will not be required anytime soon.
Taking the lead of the SEC, the Big Ten recently released this statement regarding opening up their doors to a new program the way they just did to the Nebraska Cornhuskers:
“We’re about as comfortable as we can be with where we are,” said Commissioner Jim Delany. “We’ve said that we will continue to monitor the landscape, but we have closed down active expansion and have no plans to seek new members.
“The COP/C (Council Of Presidents and Chancellors) would like to reiterate that it will not be actively engaged in conference expansion at this time, or at any time in the foreseeable future, barring a significant shift in the current intercollegiate athletic landscape.”
Obviously that “significant shift in the current intercollegiate athletic landscape” would be Texas A&M bolting from the Big 12 to greener pastures in another conference, but that move is looking less and less likely as time passes. Clearly the situation is getting a little volatile in the Big 12, but neither the SEC nor the Big Ten appear eager to jump into the fray and mess up their own smooth ride.
The 12-team grouping now known officially as the “B1G Ten” recently brought Nebraska into the fold, splitting up the conference into the Leaders and Legends Divisions. That move, coupled with their newly added championship game was probably enough activity for a conference that already boasts some of the more highly regarded squads in the nation.
What does this mean for Texas A&M?
Well, it means that their puzzlingly sudden urge to get out of dodge as quickly as humanly possible will likely have to be put on ice because, at this point, nobody is biting. As painful as it must be to grin and bear it in the Big 12 where the Texas Longhorns rule the world and everyone else is just a distraction, the Aggies put themselves into their current predicament by being reluctant to move in the past and leaving themselves very few outs in the here and now.
The college football landscape can change radically fairly quickly, but for now at least, it looks like things will be standing pat.