SEC Expansion: Texas A&M officially leaving Big XII

The move of Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) advanced today when Texas A&M informed the Big XII Conference of its desire to leave and join another conference. Texas A&M made the announcement via a press release. Read it below:

(source) 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.”

Texas A&M has participated in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big 12 since the conference’s founding 16 years ago. Last season, the Aggies claimed nine Big 12 championships and four national team titles, both of which were school-bests. Since joining the Big 12 prior to the 1996-97 athletic season, Texas A&M has won 55 conference championships, including 32 in the last five years.

Texas A&M finished eighth in the prestigious Director’s Cup all-sport rankings a year ago, tallying its most points ever and leading all Big 12 schools. In the inaugural Capital One Cup, which rates teams’ final rankings, the Aggies were the top-ranking university from the Big 12. The Aggie women finished second with five top-10 finishes, while the Aggie men finished tied for third with five top-10 finishes.

“As I have indicated throughout this process, 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,” 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.”

While Loftin did not specify an application timeline in his letter to the Big 12, he previously indicated that he does not intend to prolong the application process for an extended period of time.

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  1. 1
    Crimsonite

    Here come the Agsies. Don’t get me wrong about calling them a cow college. It’s just a universal nickname for agricultural schools. The only cow college that sucks at this particular moment is Awbarn. I don’t even call LSU and Miss St cow colleges with malice. My only problem with A&M is that I grew up a Longhorn fan. My first ever college football game was watching Texas and A&M play. After we moved back to Alabama and I later went to UA I began to like the Aggies because of Bear Bryant and dislike Texas cause we couldn’t beat them and even got cheated out of a win after they said Joe Namath didn’t get across the goal line. But that changed somewhat after A&M worked behind our backs to hire away Franchione. However in retrospect I guess I should thank them and feel sorry for them. Bwaa haww haww! Anyway at least they aren’t the born again azzholes that the Longwhorne’s are. Here’s hoping for a great relationship with them – as long as they lose. RTR!

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    RC

    Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be happy about another damn agricultural school coming to the SEC, but A&M does have traditions that count and they have an excellent academic record. The last time I checked their accreditation has never been threatened to be taken away either. Welcome, A&M!

  3. 3
    bayoubamafan

    Crimsonite, That was Steve Bowman who did break the goal line on 4th down but was pushed back, in the Orange Bowl of 1963. I was there and heart broken by that loss, made for a long drive back to B’ham the next day. Namath put togher a great drive in the closing minutes to get to the Texas goal line. RTR!

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    Crimsonite

    They do have some neat traditions with the 12th man, standing through the game and the Collie Revellie who is named that because of their great ROTC program. Their traditions are a little different than say LSU’s whose drunks throw bottles at you, or Miss St who aggravates hell out of you with those damn cow bells and worst of all the Barnturds with that juvenile shyt paper thing they do. Betcha one thing. Betcha they don’t dis Bear Bryant. They’ll be joining Kentucky in that respect. RTR!

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