Texas A&M has informed the Big 12 they will terminate their conference affiliation effective June 30, 2012, the school confirmed with a statement on the university website on Wednesday.
“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,” the statement read.
“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 been taking the measures needed to move to a new conference over the past few weeks, and now the door is wide open for the change to officially begin. Texas A&M is expected to apply for membership to the SEC, and it would be up to the current SEC membership to vote on whether or not to accept the Aggies in to the conference. Doing so would likely mean adding at least one other program to keep the membership even at 14, and possibly 16 if there are three schools interested in joining that the SEC feels would add value to the conference.
Texas A&M has won 55 conference championships, including 32 in the last five years and is an original member of the Big 12, which was formed from the combination of the Big 8 and Southwest Conference prior to the 1996-97 academic season.
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