The 12 member institutions in the Southeastern Conference unanimously voted in favor of the Texas A&M Aggies to join the conference on Tuesday night, as early as next season.
But there could be a problem.
The SEC received written confirmation that the transition for Texas A&M to their new conference would be a smooth one, but there is the looming possibility of legal action by one or more of the schools in the Big 12.
Eight of the nine remaining schools in the Big 12 have reportedly given the ‘ok’ for the Aggies to leave, with the exception of Baylor.
“We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action,” remarked Dr. Bernie Machen, Florida president, who is also SEC chairman. “The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. “
Back on Sept. 2, the SEC was given that confirmation that they sought regarding the Texas A&M transition. But obviously no there appears to be a hold up.
The Aggies remain hopeful that they will be able to play in the SEC next season. But with their arrival, that leaves an odd number of teams in the conference at 13, with the SEC likely looking into the possibility of adding one to three more teams in the near future.
Texas A&M was a preseason top-10 team and cruised to an easy victory on Sunday in their season opener against SMU.
The Aggies are considered to be the No.1 contender in the Big 12 conference to Oklahoma this season. The Sooners are the heavy favorite on Big 12 Conference Betting lines, as the No.1 team in the country, but the Aggies will look to knock them off.
Texas A&M faces Idaho this week before opening up their conference slate in a huge game against No.9 Oklahoma State. The Oklahoma showdown takes place on Nov. 5. College football Odds are formed for each week.