In case you missed it, Tayhahs A&M has now taken a step beyond reports perpetuated behind a pay wall on their path for independence from the Big 12 with 10 teams. From Sports Illustrated, here’s the letter:
“Dear Commissioner Beebe:
As you know, the Texas A&M Board of Regents has authorized me to take action relating to Texas A&M University’s (“Texas A&M”) conference alignment. While this letter is not a notice of Texas A&M’s withdrawal from the Big 12 Conference (the “Conference”), we are exploring our options. There has been a great deal of speculation and comment in the media about Texas A&M leaving the Conference, including discussions of other institutions joining the Conference.
If Texas A&M withdraws from the Conference, we want to do so in a way that complies with the Bylaws and is supportive of your efforts to seek a new member of the Conference. We would appreciate your conferring with the other member institutions and outlining for us the process to be followed by Texas A&M should it withdraw from the Conference.
We look forward to hearing from you.
R. Bowen Loftin
My interpretation reads as such:
As you know, the people who make decisions at Tayhahs A&M have told my people to tell you to tell your people to tell you that we’re looking elsewhere for a conference. While this letter is not a notice of the Aggies leaving the Big 12 with 10 schools (the “University of Tayhahs and pals”), we are desperately trying to get out of here. Like we really, really badly want out. We aren’t insinuating that the SEC will let us dwell in their cellars, However, we’d like to at least go somewhere else- anywhere, really. We’re not even ruling out the Southland Conference if we can’t find somewhere to play. There has been a great deal of speculation and comment in the media (especially the places that we may or may not have leaked information to) about us leaving ‘Tayhahs and pals’, including discussions of other institutions joining ‘Tayhahs and pals’. We assure you, it’s not as much about you guys (minus the burnt orange team), than it is about us. We feel smothered and we just don’t see a future with y’all.
If we leave (and God knows we will because we really, really hate Tayhahs), we want to do so in a way that will cover our backsides legally. We would appreciate a meeting, poker game, hunting outing or whatever of your choosing between you and the heads of the pals as well as the big wigs from the school we hate who decided it’d be a great idea to continue to grow the shadow that casts down on us because they’re still better than us. We’d like a step-by-step booklet to learn how to abandon you and your Longhorn TV-having nonsense properly without getting sued for large amounts of money.
We know this hurts, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t get some amount of enjoyment out of it. Okay, maybe a lot of enjoyment out of it.