Getting into business with Texas is bad. They will come in and destroy the SEC as I have said many times in posts elsewhere. They’ll come in smiling and back slapping and proclaiming brotherly love while they slowly slip the knife in your back. That’s Texas. There’s a reason the two universities that most recently had dealings with Texas want nothing to do with them — Mizzou and A&M. Ask Nebraska how they feel about Texas. Texas came in and destroyed a proud old conference of which Nebraska was a charter member. A&M has been dealing with their bunch of crooks for more than a century, They finally found a way to get away from them, and a few hundred million dollars later — they’re back, and there’s nothing apparently they can do about it. Arkansas knew all about doing business with Texas, but all those folks are too old and dead now, ancient history having not been an issue now in over 30 years.
Texas will wreak havoc and stir up trouble and disunity in the conference. I suspect a year or two after they join, they’ll start whining about how it’s not fair that schools like Arkansas, the Mississippis, Kentucky, Carolina, Tennessee, Mizzou, etc, get an equal share of the revenue — when the big money is really all about Texas. And by then Texas will have Alabama, Florida, and Georgia on their side. So then Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Florida — maybe A&M and LSU — say they’ll have to leave the SEC and go do their own things if we little schools don’t give them their fair share of the pie and take less. You can take this to the bank — pun intended.
And that’s just the money part. You can expect a lot of things to happen in terms of scheduling, etc, that are good for Texas, bad for Arkansas, unfair and not equitable — and the SEC response will be — “we have to do what Texas says”.
Remember how we lost our Thanksgiving rivalry game with LSU because newcomer Texas A&M said they wanted that game — so we got stuck into an artificial and meaningless rivalry game with Missouri — no history and fans from both schools could care less. You can expect all of this and more once Texas joins the league.
I’ve done my homework, made my phone calls — and at this point complaining and pleading with the PTB to block this is pointless. It’s a done deal. And an extra $13 million or more in annual revenue make it an impossible “no”. But in the long run, it will prove to be bad for Arkansas. Texas joining the SEC is step one in the undoing of the SEC. We’re on the road to some sort of National Collegiate Football League — Texas, Bama, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida will definitely be invited, Arkansas will be left behind with our friends in Mississippi and Missouri. Check in in with Baylor, Tech and Oklahoma State on how it feels — it’s coming.
All that being said — this is inevitable — going to happen whether we let Texas into the SEC or not. If we make the smart decision and tell Texas to take their burnt orange toxicity elsewhere, all we’re doing is buying maybe another 5 years or so — so looking long term, maybe not so smart to block Texas — maybe the smart thing is to take the big money now and worry about the future when it happens. Let’s hope we have a plan in place.
College football as we have known it is over; there are lots of places where this could be heading and none of it is good for Arkansas football. I foresee how a lot of this is going to happen; if I get time, I’ll post that later.