As the Greek tragedy of the Big 12 Conference unfolds and Texas A&M moves closer and closer to leaving for the SEC Conference, the two commissioners are taking center stage as they fight for what each of them want.
According to the New York Times' Pete Thamel, the Big 12's Dan Beebe and the SEC's Mike Slive spoke last week and the conversation veered away from small-talk rather quickly.
The Big 12’s Dan Beebe and the SEC’s Mike Slive had a heated phone conversation last week about a potential move, according to a high-ranking college official with direct knowledge of the call.
Beebe has since denied that the conversation ever took place:
"We have been very direct but have not had any conversations with MIke Slive I would describe as heated, ever," Beebe stated via a tweet from Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News shortly after the Times’ article was published.
Of course, I suppose it all depends on how you define "heated." "Heated" as in the rivalry between Iowa State and Baylor or "heated" in how Texas A&M feels about Texas? Cause there's a big difference.