The Aggies move could mean the demise of the Big 12 while setting off another ripple of change to the college landscape.
Texas A&M has openly flirted with the Southeastern Conference for the past couple of months now.
The SEC returned the love Tuesday when all 12 presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to allow the Aggies into the conference. But there is one holdout and that is the threat that Baylor could possibly file a lawsuit against the SEC for tampering.
The other remaining eight schools in the Big 12 apparently have all agreed not to sue. Baylor, however, appears to be holding out while it figures out what is going to happen with the Big 12. That could delay Texas A&M planned announcement today that it’s officially joining the power conference on July 1, 2012. The announcement may come either later Wednesday or possibly Thursday.
The SEC presidents are hesitant to make any official moves until they know the threat of a lawsuit by Baylor is over. Texas A&M officially notified the Big 12 last week of its intention to leave the conference effective June 30, 2012.
“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,” said Bernie Machen, chair of the Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors “We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.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.”
Baylor is obviously holding out in concern over its conference affiliation. The Big12 could fall apart with Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State considering the possibility of jumping to the Pac-12 now that Texas A&M has left. Missouri is believed to be a candidate to join the SEC. That would leave schools like Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State in search of another conference.
The move also figures to shake up the college landscape even more with the Pac-12 and SEC both becoming 16-team super conferences. Florida State, Missouri and Clemson are also candidates to join Texas A&M as new SEC members.
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