It looks like theres a lot of chatter about conference expansiion again. I followed a link on the Blog ticker that led me to the Corn Nation website. There are rumors that the SEC's reported invite for ATM to join the conference was never withdrawn. Many ATM fans and boosters are grumbling over the longhorn network's addition of a second conference game to the network and its desire to broadcast Texas high school games,(featuring top recruits), nationally to fill content.the money for the rights to these games will definitley be a financial godsend for many high school athletic programs that are currently facing budget cuts. This money from the LHN would create a strong incentive for a High School ADs and coaches to nudge players towards their financial partners. 'Beergut", (awesome!), over at ATMs sbnation blog compared ESPN to Willey Lyles. I dont know how true this is for high schools across Texas but my Head Coach was essentially an AD.
The potentially large disadvantage ATM will have in the face of ESPNs LHN, is fueling a sentiment that was visible during the whole PAC 16 fiasco, that Texas A&M should leave for the SEC. The SEC, according to the scout source, would expand to 14 teams with ATM in the West and Clemson in the East. This would be great for the SEC , the newcomers Arky and South Carolina will have natural rivals, the SEC gets part of the Texas market, and even better access to Texas recruits, and most importantly they will probably renogiate their contract to surpass the PAC 12 deal.
If the SEC does expand, who should the PAC 12 try and offer, provided we expand at all?
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