It is now official that Texas A&M University will leave the Big 12 conference, as they have drawn up a withdrawal timeline that states the school will part ways with the conference it was a founding member of for the last 16 years, in July of next year.
Texas A&M was an original member of the Big 12 conference, which was founded back in 1994.
And with the Aggies leaving, that leaves the Big 12 with only nine teams, forcing the conference to either add teams, or potentially face the fact the is may come to an end. Texas A&M is the third school in the last 12 months to announce their intention to leave, with Nebraska already in the Big Ten and Colorado out in the Pac 12.
“We are seeking to generate greater visibility nationwide for Texas A&M and our championship-caliber student-athletes, as well as secure the necessary and stable financial resources to support our athletic and academic programs,” Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said. “This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically. Texas A&M is an extraordinary institution, and we look forward to what the future may hold for Aggies worldwide.”
A&M denied earlier reports this week about seeking to leave the Big 12, but now makes it official with the time-frame.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Southeastern Conference said that they have not heard from Texas A&M regarding an application to join the conference. Currently, the SEC has a 12-team format but Texas A&M appears likely to try and become the 13th member institution.
Early reports are that Houston, TCU, Louisville and even Pittsburgh could be possibilities. There is also talk of Arkansas out of the SEC West and Houston out of Conference USA.
It will likely be a few weeks before Texas a&M announces their future, with the second week of the college football season the Aggies’ Bye.
Texas a&M is considered a top contender in the Big 12 this season, behind only Oklahoma on the latest Big 12 Conference Championship Betting Odds.