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Today, Texas A&M released a statement officially announcing theiir intent to withdraw from the Big 12 Conference pending acceptance by the SEC. The press release reads as follow:

Texas A&M University today officially notified the Big 12 Conference that the institution will submit an application to join another athletic conference. Should this application be accepted, Texas A&M will end its membership in the Big 12 Conference effective 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," President R. Bowen Loftin wrote to Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe in the letter dated August 31, 2011.

"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 Aggies asked the conference last Thursday to let them know what procedures they would need to follow in order to withdraw, and the Big 12 responded on Monday.

While no numbers have been released yet, sources are still saying to expect the Aggies exit fee from the Big 12 to be more than what Nebraska and Colorado paid a year ago, but not dramatically more.

A&M’s next step will be to apply for admission to the SEC and then wait for the SEC presidents to approve the application. Our sources expect that to happen sometime early next week.

The main issue at this time is that it’s the first week of school for many colleges as well as the first week of football season. It’s not easy to pull together 12 university presidents on the first week of school. That’s why things may last into next week, as neither the SEC or Texas A&M wants their football teams distracted by this type of news.

The End of an Era

Today’s move brings A&M’s 16 year membership in the Big 12 Conference to an end after the 2011-2012 athletic year.

More notably, the move also brings to an end A&M’s conference affiliations with rivals Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor. A&M, Texas, and Baylor were all charter members of the Southwestern Conference in 1914, and those three have remained in the same conference since then. Texas Tech joined the conference in 1958, and all four schools joined the Big 12 conference in 1996.

Speculation has run rampant about whether A&M and Texas will continue their annual rivalry game on Thanksgiving day, The series between the two teams dates back to 1894, and is one of the most played rivalries in the history of college football. However, there have been reports that Texas will likely not play A&M if the Aggies move conferences.

The Aggies do have familar foes in the SEC however. A&M has played Arkansas 67 times in their history, which is just two times fewer than they’ve played Texas Tech. And their 50 matchups with LSU is more than the Aggies have against any other non-Southwest Conference team.


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