Sources Say Texas A&M Could Be Leaving Big 12 Conference
COLUMBIA - The ten team Big 12 Conference could be down to nine in 2012. On Saturday a high-ranking source within Texas A&M told ESPN's Doug Gottlieb the Aggies are prepared to join the SEC Conference after 15 years with the Big 12.
The Big 12 Athletic Directors met Saturday afternoon with Commissioner Dan Beebe to discuss the situation. The Big 12 Board of Directors released the following statement late Saturday evening. "The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors conducted a teleconference meeting today to discuss the future of the Conference given recent developments regarding Texas A&M University. The Board strongly conveyed to Texas A&M its unanimous desire that it remain a Big 12 member, and acknowledged its value to the Conference. The Board noted that Texas A&M expressed concerns about institutional networks and that the athletics directors worked together and took actions, which the Board has approved, to adequately address those concerns. The other nine members reaffirmed their long term, unconditional and unequivocal commitments made to each other and the Conference last summer. Although the Board hopes Texas A&M remains in the Conference, the Board is prepared to aggressively move forward to explore expansion opportunities. In doing so, the Board recognizes the strength of the Big 12 Conference national brand and the opportunity to capitalize on it."
When asked about the future of the Tigers on Saturday, Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Mizzou is not talking to any other conferences.
The SEC presidents are to meet Sunday to discuss expansion, including Texas A&M and a possible 14th team.
On Monday, the Texas A&M Board of Regents are scheduled to meet to discuss conference alignment and a Texas legislature session has been called for Tuesday to discuss A&M's plans and state funding.
KOMU will continue to monitor this story and bring you the latest information as it develops.