In many ways, Texas A&M’s departure from the Big 12 has seemed inevitable. Through rumors, speculation and comments from university brash, it certainly appeared that the Aggies were all but headed elsewhere.
On Monday night, however, this speculation might have become a reality.
According to the New York Times, Texas A&M took the biggest step in this process yet when university president R. Bowden Loftin sent a letter to Big 12 board charmain Brady Deaton announcing that the Aggies indeed plan to leave.
This via The New York Times.
Texas A&M’s departure from the Big 12 Conference drew closer to reality on Monday when the university’s president, R. Bowen Loftin, sent a letter to the Big 12 board chairman, the Missouri president Brady Deaton, notifying the league that the Aggies would formally withdraw – very likely on Tuesday – according to two college officials with direct knowledge of the decision.
This latest step in the Aggies’ effort to join the Southeastern Conference appears to have two stumbling blocks. The first is Texas A&M’s exit fee from the Big 12, which it has not negotiated. That amount is expected to be close to $15 million. The other is the approval of the S.E.C. presidents. Nine of the 12 would have to vote in favor for Texas A&M to become a member of the conference. It is unlikely that Texas A&M would be this far along in the process without adequate S.E.C. presidential support.
This news is really non-news, given the fact that much of this was put in place once details of The Longhorn Network began to surface. And while A&M was all but out the door a few weeks back, the legalities of the process needed to take place and apparently have rather quickly. We’ll certainly know more about when and where they’re headed (like we don’t already know) in the coming days.
Just a reminder: the Aggies take on SMU – a potential Big 12 substitute – on Sunday.