Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said today that league officials are "poised to move aggressively with options" if Texas A&M departs the Big 12. A&M officials sent a letter to Beebe, dated Wednesday, asking the commissioner to outline procedures A&M should follow if it decides to leave the league.
A&M officials have acknowledged ongoing talks with the Southeastern Conference, initiated by A&M, that began on July 21. In a statement released today, A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said it may be “in the best long-term interests” of the school and the state for the Aggies to play in another league.
Beebe responed with a statement of his own. It said: “The letter received today from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin will be addressed by the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors. It remains our strong desire for Texas A&M to continue as a member of the Big 12 and we are working toward that end. However, if it is decided otherwise, the Conference is poised to move aggressively with options.”
The Big 12 board of directors has its next scheduled meeting Saturday.
_ Jimmy Burch