UPDATE: Texas A&M and the SEC

There is growing chatter about Texas A&M and the SEC on this Thursday afternoon. And now we hear that money and not traditional rivalries is the most important aspect for A&M during this critical period. This combined with Gene Stallings’ statement could mean a break between A&M and Texas is more likely.

From an AP report: The Pac-10 is reportedly interested in inviting Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to form a 16-team league, while the Aggies could also head to the Southeastern Conference. …

Former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum, who now works as a special advisor to school president Bowen Loftin, said football programs are carrying increased financial burden to support other sports, so they’re drawn to potentially massive TV contracts for more revenue.

“You look at the level of funding that all programs need to have, and it’s a business decision that universities now have to make,” Slocum said.

Slocum said any decision A&M makes will be based purely on its financial impact, and not on more intangible elements, like preserving traditions and rivalries. (Read the entire report embedded below.)