August 16th, 2011 – By Bryan Cross
While it was determined that Texas A&M will not be making a move to the Southeastern Conference in the near future, the University will continue to assess their affiliation with the Big XII conference, and the future direction of their conference membership.
It was thought that Texas A&M would become the 13th member institution of the SEC, but that was vetoed by a unanimous decision by the 12 Presidents of the current school.
But it appears that Texas A&M is still looking to move out of the Big XII, with the future of the conference in potential jeopardy.
“We’ve made no decision about terminating our relationship with the Big 12,” Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said. “This is all about what is best for Texas A&M, along with visibility for us and our athletes and financial resources. That’s what it’s all about. I think anybody in my shoes would have exactly the same kinds of concerns.”
The Big XII has been brought to just 10 teams entering this season, after both Nebraska and Colorado jumped ship for the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences respectively.
“It’s not so much what’s wrong with the Big 12, it’s what’s right for Texas A&M and where we want to go in time,”Loftin said.
And if the Aggies are to depart from the Big XII, it could very likely spell the end for the Big XII conference on the whole, which would be left with nine teams. And adding to the fact that the SEC reportedly tried to court Oklahoma and Texas and various points last season,
the member institutions in the Big XII may be divided up in the coming years.
“We’re just working hard to try to figure out how they can stay with us because of the value that institution has and the quality academic and athletic programs it offers,” remarked Big XII commissioner Dan Beebe. “We’ll see. We’ve seen the odds stacked against us before.”
The Aggies open up their 2011 College Football schedule on Sunday, Sept. 4 against SMU. The Aggies get into their conference slate of the schedule beginning on Sept. 24, in a home date with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. College Football Betting Lines predict the Aggies to be competitive in the Big XII this season, but are still heavy underdogs to Oklahoma, who they face on the road Nov. 5.