I’m going crazy. I’m standing here solidly on my own two hands and going crazy.

Title of post comes from The Philadelphia Story.

I am a fan of romatic comedies.  My favorite is probably The Philadelphia Story with Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, and Cary Grant.  Anyway, the reason I like romantic comedies is they all have the same basic plot, so you know what is going to happen in every movie.   It works like this:  Boy meets girl; boy and girl flirt until they find out they are in love; boy and girl have a beautiful growing relationship; boy and girl hit snag; boy and girl break up; boy and girl find they can’t live without each other, come back together; and the end.  The key to making a romantic comedy that works, comes in the execution and the originality of the details and minor characters.  Yet, I digress.

The Texas A&M to the SEC story has now hit the point in this romantic comedy where boy and girl hit a snag.  (By the way, it is hard to write with guys dragging shingles across your roof.)  This is the part of the movie where the gods, friends, family, jobs, whatever rear their ugly heads and keep our couple apart.  In this case it is the lawyers and the Big 12.  So, what will our plucky couple do to finally find their true happiness together.  Put their lawyers and accountants together to figure out how to pay the up to $30 million in penalties for A&M to leave the increasingly misnamed Big 12.  Whatever A&M will end up paying will be well south of that and the SEC will probably cover part of it.

This also gives the SEC time to figure out the 14th team.  That is probably almost as big a sticking point.  This is complicated by the desire of the SEC not to expand in existing SEC states.  That does not limit their possibilities as much as make the hoops they’ll need to jump through more numerous.  This is still the SEC and because of their football success, the basically print money, so finding a 14th team is not that hard.

The reason I like considering this a romantic comedy is part of the reason A&M is leaving the Big 12 is some screwed up passive aggressive attempt to get someone to tell them, “We love you for you and not your big brother Texas.”  Also, A&M President R. Bowen Loftin basically dropped a “its not you, its me” during his press conference yesterday:  “It’s not so much what’s wrong with the Big 12, it’s what’s right for Texas A&M and where we want to go in time.”

The other reason they are doing this is of course greed and the potential to make buckets of money in the SEC.

This will all be decided sometime over the next month and the NCAA landscape will begin to change in ways we cannot even imagine at this point.  Someone, whom we don’t believe will ever leave their conference will leave their conference and throw everything into chaos.

“What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.”  Kerry Thornley.

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