SEC Expansion Rumors: Big 12 Wants Texas A&M to Stay
With multiple media reports claiming Texas A&M is heading to the SEC as early as next year, the Big 12 Conference -- which can ill-afford another loss after Nebraska and Colorado bolted -- conducted a teleconference on Saturday.
The league's nine athletic directors (other than A&M) issued a statement:
"The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors conducted a teleconference meeting today to discuss the future of the Conference given recent developments regarding Texas A&M University. The Board strongly conveyed to Texas A&M its unanimous desire that it remain a Big 12 member, and acknowledged its value to the Conference. The Board noted that Texas A&M expressed concerns about institutional networks and that the athletics directors worked together and took actions, which the Board has approved, to adequately address those concerns."
Will it be enough?
Probably not. Remember, this whole thing for A&M was triggered when archrival Texas created its $300 million Longhorn TV Network with the backing of ESPN. Big 12 athletic directors can plead, beg and cajole all they want, but it's highly unlikely that the Aggies will stay unless the Longhorn Network goes away.
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