On Thursday evening, Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com reported that Texas
A&M’s regents board will meet on August 22 and vote to join the SEC. He also
reported that Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech are targets of the SEC
should the league expand to 16 teams.
Who is Chip Brown and why should we believe him? Brown was the top reporter
on the conference expansion drama of last summer. It became clear that Brown had
someone in a position of knowledge feeding him information, and much of the
information contained in his articles turned out to be true.
Last summer, Nebraska bolted the Big 12 for the Big Ten, while Colorado left
for the Pac-12. Utah also joined the Pac-12. Rumor had it that Texas, Texas
A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were going to bolt for the
Pac-12 as well, in which case the Pac-12 would have become the first of the
16-team super conferences.
That never happened, and the SEC appears ready to fight with the Big Ten and
Pac-12 for conference supremacy. We’ll have to wait and see whether or not
Virginia Tech becomes a player in this fight.
Reactions by the Tech fanbase to a possible move to the SEC have been mixed
on the message boards. Click here to vote in our conference realignment poll.