SEC presidents pass on Texas A&M — for now
Texas A&M won't be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC — at least for now.
The following is the statement from Dr. Bernie Machen, Chairman of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors, after the league's presidents discussed the topic of conference expansion on Sunday, particularly as it related to Texas A&M.
“The SEC Presidents and Chancellors met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment. We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league. We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M.”
ESPN's Doug Gottlieb reported on Saturday that a high-ranking source within A&M said the Aggies were intent on joining the SEC with hopes to begin play starting as soon as 2012.
While this obviously puts on hold any A&M-to-the-SEC official announcement, it's very possible that this statement simply means the SEC is waiting for A&M to make a move as it relates to its Big 12 membership before the SEC sends a formal invite. To potentially avoid legal issues, A&M may have to withdraw from the Big 12 first before the SEC offers an invitation. The Texas A&M board of regents will meet on Monday and one of the items on the agenda concerns its conference alignment.
It's important to keep in mind that there really is no rush for SEC commissioner Mike Slive and the league presidents as it concerns conference expansion. When the league wants to expand, it will have no problem finding other quality members.
Stay tuned, because we certainly haven't heard the last of this story.
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