Is the Texas Longhorn’s power play going to fail? The mouthpiece of the Longhorns Chip Brown released an interesting tweet, “Some in B12 think if OU drank truth serum it would choose the SEC over Pac-10. SEC is calling the Sooners, who, so far, point to Pac-10.”
What does that mean? It indicates Texas leaders aren’t as confident in forcing their vassals Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M into a new Pac-16. Oklahoma might follow newfound rebel A&M and head east by southeast.
Reading between the lines is a complicated process during this type of negotiation. Every word released to the press has some type of message for someone. Brown has published the Texas side of the story throughout; that is a nice way of saying he is pushing what the Longhorns want him to publish. He made the move to a Pac-16 seem like a fait accompli. That is just the Texas way. The Longhorns made up their mind and everyone else must follow.
Does Brown’s latest tweet mean something dramatic is happening? Could the Oklahoma Sooners pursue its own interest instead of doing Texas’ bidding? Perhaps.
But there are other parties involved in this process. Watchers interested in the developments should also consider the story in the Birmingham News; the story cited two sources pointing toward A&M joining the SEC. This was important. Other than Slive not one person has commented on expansion, and Slive’s only remark on the subject was that he would consider the topic. It makes the report unique at this point in the process. Unique might mean the report is a message to another party.
Who is the other party?
Could it be Oklahoma or another team in the disintegrating Big XII (12)? Alternatively, could it be for the benefit of a team in the ACC? Was it a warning that things are in play? A sign that the clock is ticking?
It is safe to assume Slive will not stop at 13 teams; therefore, there is more to come. Published reports are just one element in the negotiation process. Brown’s tweet means Texas is working to assure itself of Oklahoma’s fealty. The SEC is talking too.