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The SEC just sent us the following statement:

Statement from Dr. Bernie Machen, Chair, Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors:

After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on September 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met last night with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC.  We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.  The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure.  The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2, 2011.


And here is that letter from Dan Beebe, commissioner of the Big 12:


Dear Mike:

This is to confirm our discussion yesterday during which I informed you that the Big 12

Conference Board of Directors unanimously authorized me to convey to you and their colleagues

in the Southeastern Conference that the Big 12 and its members will not take any legal action for

any possible claims against the SEC or its members relating to the departure of Texas A&M

University from the Big 12 and the admission of Texas A&M into the SEC; provided, however,

that such act by the SEC to admit Texas A&M is publicly confirmed by 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on

September 8, 2011.

Such admission of Texas A&M will result in the withdrawal of Texas A&M from the Big 12

Conference effective June 30, 2012. We both agreed it is in the best interests of each of our

conferences and our member institutions of higher education to waive any and all legal actions

by either conference and its members resulting from admission of Texas A&M into the SEC, as

long as such admission is confirmed publicly by September 8, 2011.

If any of your presidents and chancellors have concerns about this commitment of the Big 12

Conference, they may contact me or Brady Deaton, Big 12 Board of Director chairman and

chancellor of the University of Missouri, Columbia.


Dan Beebe


Frank Beamer's new contract

200 wins at one university should earn you something more than a gold watch.

In Frank Beamer's case, it has.  Actually, he's going for win 200 this Saturday; but we understand that the university administration was willing to take the leap of faith that he'd get there.

OK, so the details...

Under his existing deal, Beamer was set to earn just north of $2 million this season. His new agreement runs through December 31, 2016 and is truly an extension of his current agreement. Beginning January 1, 2013 Beamer will earn $2.3 million and will see that number grow by 5% (approximately $100,000) each year thereafter. The pool of available bonuses for postseason achievement did not change appreciably.  

Beginning in 2013, either Virginia Tech or Beamer can end the contract with a simple ten day notice.  Upon the end of the contract, Beamer would then become a "special assistant" to the athletic director and would earn $250,000 annually for eight years in this role.  

Beamer is currently 64 and will be 70 when this agreement expires. Pretty good "retirement money" should he choose to do so. 

Athletic director Jim Weaver said, "We wanted to do something that's right for the university, right for Frank and a way to say thank you for a terrific career."  

Of the $2 million figure Beamer is set to earn this year, $285,000 is his base salary and the remainder is structured as a yearly "retention incentive".  


Les: We'd love to play in Dallas or Houston every year

Coming off of a huge win against Oregon, Les Miles spoke with reporters today about playing at Cowboys Stadium.

Les said he and the team love playing "in that stadium, in that environment" and went on to say that he understands there would be all sorts of logistics to work out; but that he'd love to be able to play there (or in Houston) every year.  

Reporters pressed him later about trying to actually play an annual game there...

"I'd love to play someone else's home game there every year...I wouldn't want to minimize the number of times we play in Tiger Stadium...our fan base seems to love Dallas...it felt like a bowl environment and our guys enjoy playing big in those kinds of games...Houston might well be a nice spot as well."

Reporter asks about the defense this year...

"I watched them play in this game and felt that this team is potentially a very special defense...everybody is doing their job, taking coaching extremely well...a talented group of guys that have a want to make a statement...a style of defense that will have to be reckoned with...they will know who we are, the style of uniform that we wear and the kind of helmets that show up around the ball at the same time...I like their pride in their accomplishments and their want to play well."

Note, skip to about the 10 minute mark for the beginning of Les' remarks

Manny Diaz playing some young guys

Coach Diaz's unit held Rice to 3 field goals on Saturday as Texas beat the Owls 34-9. 

Texas played 10 freshmen on defense.  Coach Diaz described the play of the freshmen:

You know what was really neat, they went out there after our own turnover, and that's a situation we really strive we take a lot of pride in, sudden change, go put the fire out if something like that happens. They went out there, and Rice called a play that's designed to score a touchdown. They ran the tailback on the “wheel” and they wanted to score a touchdown on that play, and I think we had an entire freshmen secondary in the game and freshman at linebacker, and they covered everybody up and made him go to his third option which the guy ended up dropping. When you see guys do that type of thing, the freshmen got a three and out on one of the drives they were in, it's encouraging.

Diaz's unit gets another test this Saturday night when BYU comes to town. 

Voters in the Coaches' Poll

This year, 59 head coaches are listed as "Voters" in the Coaches' Poll.  Without further ado, the voters are:


Head Coach University Conference
David Cutcliffe Duke ACC
Pat Hill Fresno State ACC
Al Golden Miami (Fla.) ACC
Tom O'Brien N.C. State ACC
Mike London Virginia ACC
Frank Beamer Virginia Tech ACC
Jim Grobe Wake Forest ACC
Kevin Wilson Indiana Big Ten
Brady Hoke Michigan Big Ten
Mark Dantonio Michigan State Big Ten
Bo Pelini Nebraska Big Ten
Bret Bielema Wisconsin Big Ten
Ron Zook Illinois Big Ten
Art Briles Baylor Big 12
Paul Rhoads Iowa State Big 12
Gary Pinkel Missouri Big 12
Bob Stoops Oklahoma Big 12
Tommy Tuberville Texas Tech Big 12
Charlie Strong Louisville Big East
Greg Schiano Rutgers Big East
Skip Holtz South Florida Big East
Doug Marrone Syracuse Big East
Kevin Sumlin Houston CUSA
Doc Holliday Marshall CUSA
Larry Porter Memphis CUSA
David Bailiff Rice CUSA
Larry Fedora Southern Miss CUSA
Bob Toledo Tulane CUSA
Rob Ianello Akron MAC
Pete Lembo Ball State MAC
Dave Clawson Bowling Green MAC
Jeff Quinn Buffalo MAC
Frank Solich Ohio MAC
Tim Beckman Toledo MAC
Chris Petersen Boise State MWC
Rocky Long San Diego State MWC
Dave Christensen Wyoming MWC
Bronco Mendenhall Brigham Young Unaffiliated
Troy Calhoun Air Force Unaffiliated
Ken Niumatalolo Navy Unaffiliated
Jeff Tedford California Pac 12
Jon Embree Colorado Pac 12
Mike Riley Oregon State Pac 12
David Shaw Stanford Pac 12
Kyle Whittingham Utah Pac 12
Paul Wulff Washington State Pac 12
Nick Saban Alabama SEC
Gene Chizik Auburn SEC
Mark Richt Georgia SEC
Les Miles LSU SEC
Steve Spurrier South Carolina SEC
James Franklin Vanderbilt SEC
Mark Hudspeth Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt
Todd Berry Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt
Rick Stockstill Middle Tennessee Sun Belt
Dan McCarney North Texas Sun Belt
Sonny Dykes Louisiana Tech WAC
Mike MacIntyre San Jose State WAC
Gary Andersen Utah State WAC


Quotes (and video) from Spurrier

We caught the following quotes from Steve Spurrier's press conference today...

On lessons learned from the ECU game, "I learned it's always beneficial if the other team fumbles to you three times in a row."

On Georgia's plan against Lattimore, "They are going to stack the box...maybe we need to throw the ball better to beat em."

On telling his players the importance of this game, "I hope all of our players know that Georgia is in our division; but I'm not sure if they do or not."

"We're trying to play better this week than we did last week"

"Connor Shaw is fine.  He saw what happened...he understands that Stephen played a lot better than he did."

On Stephen Garcia, "We've been asking Stephen to shave for 5 years now. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. I think a QB should be shaven....quarterbacks should wear their hats forward facing, you know normal, quarterbacks should look sharp." 

Asked how he votes for the Heisman, "I vote for whoever I want to...yes, I do try to vote for guys on our team..."


Strength guys, this one's for you

Tennessee athletics just put this video out featuring head strength coach Ron McKeefery. 

McKeefery speaks about what he's trying to accomplish with his program at Tennessee.


No TV Tuesday

No live games on TV tonight (or tomorrow).  Is the power of the Worldwide Leader dwindling?

Thursday night we've got Arizona at Oklahoma State and the Saints at the Packers.