Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 conference on Wednesday that it is seeking a membership in a different league. President R. Bowen Loftin sent a letter to commissioner Dan Beebe alerting him of the decision of the school. Once the school finds another league the Aggies will cut their Big 12 membership June, 30, 2012.
“After much thought and consideration, and pursuant to the action of the (Texas A&M University System) Board of Regents authorizing me to take action related to Texas A&M University’s athletic conference alignment, I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference,” Loftin wrote to Beebe.
“We appreciate the Big 12’s willingness to engage in a dialogue to end our relationship through a mutually agreeable settlement,” Loftin added. “We, too, desire that this process be as amicable and prompt as possible and result in a resolution of all outstanding issues, including mutual waivers by Texas A&M and the conference on behalf of all the remaining members.”
The move by the Texas A&M Aggies was expected. If the Big 12 fails to come up with an adequate replacement team, this decision could cause a huge shift in college football. The Big 12 could implode, allowing its marquee teams like Texas and Oklahoma to be free agents to sign with other top conferences.
Last week, A&M asked the Big 12 what it would cost to withdraw from the league and the conference answered.
Loftin said he has been speaking with SEC commissioner Mike Slive since January, with talks heating up in the last 2 weeks. The next step for the Aggies would be asking the Southeastern Conference for membership.