We're on the precipice of another College Football Expansion Crisis.
Texas A&M, the author of this year's panic, sent a formal letter to the Big 12 conference asking them to outline "the process to be followed by Texas A&M should it withdraw from the Conference."
Translation? "We're outtie 5000. Please don't sue us."
Another little bit of the letter I find intriguing is this: "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."
That's it. That's all they said.
They don't refute the claims or speculation. They just state that the claims and speculation are taking place. Well Duh.
Naturally, BYU fans like me believe we are on the short list of potential TAMU replacements. I made my case for joining the Big 12 a few posts ago, but I do want to add one caveat:
BYU should only join the Big 12 if we are, and can remain, connected at the hip with Texas.
Texas and BYU are on great terms. The Longhorns were one of the first teams that agreed to schedule a home-and-home series with the Cougs after we announced independence, and reports are Texas staffers were cozying up to the BYU broadcasting folks to try and glean some insight into starting their own network. If we do get an invitation to join the Big 12, then we may have Texas to thank for it.
BYU needs to keep those good vibes going.
We need to be best buddies with UT. Wherever Texas ends up, we need to be there with 'em. If Texas makes it very clear, in no uncertain terms, that they are committed to the long-term health and wellbeing of the Big 12, then we should join (if we're asked). If not, we shouldn't.