The Thing About Chip Brown's Texas A&M Report


Two sources close to the situation told SEC officials have indicated to bowls with SEC and Big 12 tie-ins that the SEC won’t support a Texas vs Texas A&M postseason matchup. In short, A&M has too much to lose from a potential loss.

Chip Brown

Listen, you don't have to doubt Brown's personal credibility to doubt the validity of this report. The question I always have with Chip Brown reports is: Who is telling him these things? "Two sources close to the situation" could be any number of people with any number of motivations, and without telling us if they're bowl sources, sources with either the Big 12 or the SEC, or sources with Texas or Texas A&M, Brown doesn't give us enough to go on to judge whether these people are blowing smoke or not. Texas athletics director Steve Patterson and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby tell Brown that this is going on behind the scenes and -- voila! -- Brown has a story that makes Texas A&M look bad to fans at large and on the recruiting trail. Which is a nice little feat to pull off, particularly when Brown then builds a narrative around the idea that A&M's recruiting would be hurt by losing a single game to Texas.

Maybe Texas A&M is the reason that the game is not being played -- and if so, shame on it. But to jump to any conclusions based on a report this thinly sourced from an unabashedly partisan site is stretching. (HT: BON)