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A&M Asks For Info On How To Withdraw From Big 12

Texas A&M is one step closer to leaving the Big 12 today… and that means they’re one step closer to entering the SEC.  The school notified the Big 12 today that as part of its exploration of conference realignment options, it wants the league to outline the process to be followed should the university decide to leave.

According to AggieYell.com — the Rivals.com site for A&M — school president R. Bowen Loftin sent a letter to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe.  In the letter, he said that if A&M left the league it would do so in accordance with the Big 12′s bylaws.

“While we understand the desire of all parties to quickly reach a resolution, these are extremely complex issues that we are addressing methodically,” Loftin said in an A&M press release.

 


7 comments
B Roberts
B Roberts

Houston,
UVA vouched for VT against their will from what I understand. The governor thought the Big East was about to evaporate and feared the Hokies would be homeless. I'd think the only thing holding the Hokies back is the Hokies.

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

VT would be a tough haul after the political strings that had to be pulled to get them into the ACC. Remember the ACC wanted Syrcuse, and Virginia blocked the vote and forced the ACC to take VT. I really don't see VT being and option unless the ACC starts falling apart. I still say the 14th team will be Mizzou. This would build the western side of the conference. Mizzou could be slotted for the East in football and have the cross divisional game set with Arkansas. TAMU would then play USC each year. All of the schools that the SEC desires to the East - FSU, VT, UNC, Duke, Pitt and WVU are not available right now. Either the Big East or ACC would have to weaken. So take Mizzou, slot them in the East for football right now. Once the conference expands east in 2-5-10 years it will be easy to rebalance the conference and would only involve moving one team.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I agree with most of that, but I think WVU is available. The Big East has been unstable for a while now and I think they would jump at an SEC offer. I'm not sure the SEC presidents want them though. I don't think the SEC would want Pittsburgh though.

pdton4tide
pdton4tide

The 14th team, in my opinion, should be Va Tech. It would b great for the SEC to bring in the D.C. Viewing market. Plus no realignment needed. The SEC has always led the way for the rest of the country to follow. I love the SEC and welcome the addition of Texas A&M!!! Roll Tide!!

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I think VT would be a great option. Their AD said a couple of weeks ago though that they would probably decline an SEC invitation. Maybe he was lying or maybe serious discussion had not begun. I don't know.

UofA72
UofA72

Follow the "Lofton press release link" and click on the blog. The comments are happening so fast it's hard to read. Look at all the hate for A&M (and the SEC) from most if not all the Big 12 school's fans. They must really be running scared.

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

The major question is what school is #14? No other schools are making any moves that would indicate that they are looking to change conferences. Maybe Mizzou/Kansas/WVU/NC State are laying low until TAMU pulls the trigger? I would expect to see another school to start showing some motives by now if they want to make things happen by the start of 2012 season.

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