Former Texas A&M president details move to SEC in book

Tuesday August 19th, 2014

Former Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin details the school's move from the Big 12 to the SEC in a book expected to be available for purchase later this month. The Houston Chronicle obtained an advance copy of the book.

Texas A&M was accepted into the SEC in 2011 and officially joined the conference in 2012.

In the book, titled ​"The 100-Year Decision: Texas A&M and the SEC," ​Loftin writes about The Longhorn Network, conversations he had with Texas president Bill Powers, his interactions with Texas and Baylor and the firing of former football coach Mike Sherman.

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"Don't worry. Whatever happens, we'll take care of you," Loftin recalled Powers telling him not once but twice during that summer of league discontent.

"Whether he intended to sound consoling, caring or considerate, I took his response as condescending," Loftin writes. 

"Texas A&M didn't need UT to take care of us," Loftin writes. " … We were determined Texas A&M would stand on its own, without Texas watching out for us like a protective big brother."

"The Longhorn Network … was certainly a high-profile, well-publicized reminder to Aggies that the University of Texas, with the financial backing and clout of ESPN, planned to test and stretch the boundaries of the NCAA's authority," Loftin wrote. "(And) it seemed (then-Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe) was perfectly willing to provide rubber-stamp approval for virtually anything that Texas proposed, regardless of whether it was favorable to the rest of the league or only UT-Austin."

Loftin left Texas A&M to become Missouri's chancellor in December 2013. Missouri moved from the Big 12 to the SEC at the same time as Texas A&M.

- Chris Johnson

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