Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference will plow through any red tape such as legal threats and exit fees and get hitched, with the Aggies beginning competition next year for the first time in a conference with no other Texas school.
There is rejoicing in College Station and remorse in the Big 12, where interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said a few days ago he’d take a shot at keeping A&M in the fold. But he never got the chance.
It wouldn’t have mattered. The Aggies had emotionally checked out of the conference weeks ago and now will follow Nebraska and Colorado through the Big 12 exit portal.
The procession may not be over, with some uncertainty surrounding Missouri.
The Southeastern Conference may be an option for the Tigers as well. The SEC has thought enough about Mizzou as a 14th team that it has explored the idea of switching Auburn to the East Division.
If an offer is forthcoming, Missouri’s decision isn’t easy, or is it?