Texas A&M tells Big 12 it is considering leaving

Texas A&M formally notified the Big 12 on Thursday that it is considering leaving the conference and want to know how to do it if it comes to that.Less than a week after publicly expressing interest in joining the Southeastern Conference, university President R. Bowen Loftin’s letter to conference Commissioner Dan Beebe said it should not be considered notice that the Aggies have decided to leave the Big 12.”As I have indicated previously, we are working very deliberately to act in the best long-term interests of both Texas A&M and the State of Texas,” Loftin said in a statement released by the university. “This truly is a 100-year decision. While we understand the desire of all parties to quickly reach a resolution, these are extremely complex issues that we are addressing methodically.”If Texas A&M leaves the Big 12, the move could create a shake-up across college sports. In 2010, Texas considered offers to join the Big Ten and the Pac 10 before deciding to stay in the Big 12. Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) left the Big 12 in July.In the letter, Loftin asked that the conference outline the process Texas A&M should follow if it decides to leave. Loftin said if the Aggies leave, they would want to do it in a way that complies with league bylaws and supports efforts to seek a new member of the conference. The school would presumably face some kind of exit fee.Loftin reiterated Texas A&M’s reasoning for looking to move conferences.”Ultimately, 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. “As a public university, Texas A&M owes it to the state’s taxpayers to maximize our assets and generate additional revenues both now and well into the future.”The Big 12 did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

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