The saber rattling has reached deafening levels.
It's louder even than that cannon at Kyle Field.
What began earlier this week as talk has become reality — Texas A&M is headed to the SEC. That's what Oklahoma folks in the know believe, saying the Aggies might really be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. That's what all signs point toward, with Texas A&M moving up its board of regents meeting a week to talk conference alignment Monday afternoon.
Those sabers? They're not only rattling but also knifing into the Big 12.
What will become of the conference?
More importantly, what will become of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State?
Just because Texas A&M is making all the noise doesn't mean it is the only one doing anything. Yes, talk from Norman and Stillwater has been limited. Sure, that might be cause for concern among Sooner and Cowboy faithful. But rest assured, OU and OSU aren't going to get caught flat-footed.
They weren't sitting around doing nothing a year ago when conference realignment rocked college athletics.
They aren't just sitting around now.
I know people would like to hear more from OU and OSU. Several of you indicated as much in comments about a Texas-A&M-to-the-SEC post on my blog. You worry because you never hear a peep out of them. You fret because you perceive that as a sign of a laissez-faire attitude.
That couldn't be further from the truth. Sooner and Cowboy brass may not say much, but that doesn't mean they aren't doing anything.
Think back to last summer. Nebraska and Texas and Texas A&M were the ones doing all the talking, but when all was said and done, we found out just how active the locals were.
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione lobbied like mad to keep the conference together. But at the same time, OU was in serious discussions with the Pac-10, trying to find the Sooners a soft landing spot should the Big 12 dissolve.