BELIEVE, IT'S TIME!!!!
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: A little here, a little there . . .
While there were many different variables in each of the schools decisions to go here or there, sounds to me like A&M called Texas' bluff or A&M bluffed and Texas Folded (depending on how you look at it).
This whole thing has been about Texas wanting more TV money. And in Texas' arrogance (rightfully so, they do carry this conference), they just assumed that A&M, Tech, OU, and OsU would follow them to the Pac-10.
The first meeting between any schools was made by Texas and A&M exclusively. I truly believed that A&M said "No, we are not going to the Pac-10 with all that traveling west." And then they raised their bet by threatening to go to the SEC because they knew there was no way Texas would go to the SEC.
Even though this whole thing was about money, the big cats at Texas didn't want to be known as "the guy that broke up Texas and Texas A&M." Doing so would be a career breaker. That and if A&M went to the SEC, that would open up a whole can of worms with recruiting because it would open the state of Texas wide open for SEC schools which historically don't recruit well here.
So Texas pushed the Big XII pres. to make this deal where they get all that they wanted from the Pac-10 plus make Mack Brown happy by doing away with the Conference Championship game.