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Monday, August 15, 2011
3-point stance: Will decision deter A&M?

By Ivan Maisel

1. The SEC presidents threw water on Texas A&M in its rush to leave Texas behind. But that won’t be enough to make the Aggies content to stay in the Big 12, not when the reasons for leaving are emotional and financial. The move would wipe its feet on more than a century of A&M tradition. On the field, it will be a train wreck, if history is any guide. Maybe the SEC’s prudence will give the Aggies pause to think about what’s really important. Maybe not...

2. The Big Ten Network ran a computer simulation of conference play in the past 15 season if new member Nebraska had been in the league. The simulations, as carried out by the network’s partner WhatIfSports.com, unearthed the secret of would have happened in 1997, when Nebraska and Michigan shared the national championship. According to the simulation, the Huskers, who went undefeated in 1997, would have lost three Big Ten games. Yes, the “Inquiry” light is on, especially in Lincoln.

3. In a sport that has almost as many individual awards as it does bowls, I’m surprised no one has begun something like, oh, let’s say, The Chris Weinke Award. It would go to the best former minor league baseball player who, after giving up his dream of making the Show, returns to campus to play college football. Weinke won the Heisman in 2000 as a 28-year-old. The favorite this year is Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, 27, but here’s a dark horse: Baylor wide receiver Clay Fuller, 24, who caught five passes for 50 yards and a score in the Bears first scrimmage.