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    After 15 years in the Big 12, Texas A&M has been considering the switch for the second time in a year.

    A high-ranking source within Texas A&M confirmed to ESPN's Doug Gottlieb on Saturday morning the Aggies were poised to join the SEC. The San Antonio Express-News reported the time frame of their tentative plans to begin competition.

    Several possible roadblocks remain, however.

    All but one of the SEC's school presidents will meet Sunday to discuss A&M's admission to the league, The New York Times has reported, citing a high-ranking conference official with first-hand knowledge of the talks.


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    The Big 12's board of directors have scheduled a 6 p.m. ET conference call Saturday with commissioner Dan Beebe to discuss the situation, a conference source told ESPN.com's Andy Katz. Beebe had a conference call with athletic directors earlier Saturday afternoon.

    The SEC official said there was still a 30 percent to 40 percent chance the Aggies would not get enough votes for an invitation to the league, The Times reported. And the issue of needing to add a 14th team along with A&M remained, the newspaper reported.

    "We realize if we do this, we have to have the 14th," the SEC official said. "No name has been thrown out. This thing is much slower out of the chute than the media and blogs have made it."

    The official told The Times that Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin called SEC commissioner Mike Slive three weeks ago and said the Aggies regretted not leaving the Big 12 for the SEC last summer.

    Two weeks ago, Slive and SEC lawyers met with A&M officials, when the league requested that the school work out the possible legal ramifications surrounding its contract with the Big 12, the report said.

    "They have a contract now," the SEC official said, according to The Times. "We're very sensitive about being part of breaking a contract. What we asked them to do was to go settle their issues and not have us be on the table as the agent of causing them to leave."

    The SEC now likely will pursue Florida State, Clemson and Missouri, a source told ESPN's Gottlieb, though Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said the school was not in talks with any conferences about a possible move.

    "No, no, no," Alden told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday, before reaffirming the school's commitment to the Big 12, in whatever form that might be.

    Florida State and Clemson also have said they haven't had any talks about the schools leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference for the SEC.


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    "From coach to (athletic director) to president and the board chair (trustees), there has been no discussion," Florida State president Eric Barron told The Associated Press in a phone interview Saturday
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    ... I've been following this topic for several days..... I think it's a good thing and like it......
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    ... BTW.....

    I've also heard word/rumors that Florida St and Clemson are bailing from the ACC for the SEC.... Time will tell...
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    ... I've been following this topic for several days..... I think it's a good thing and like it......
    I've been following it somewhat. I heard AM is really ****ed about the Longhorns TV network?
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    ... BTW.....

    I've also heard word/rumors that Florida St and Clemson are bailing from the ACC for the SEC.... Time will tell...
    I heard that the SEC was targeting FSU bigtime.
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    I've been following it somewhat. I heard AM is really ****ed about the Longhorns TV network?
    Why wouldn't they be?..... We're talking about alot of money for the school (Texas), and they are on the outside looking in... I don't blame them for wanting to bolt to a conference with more incoming money from the associated conference (SEC).
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    I read that the Big 12 could invite Houston to replace AM,but I see this as the begining of the end of the Big 12.
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    I read that the Big 12 could invite Houston to replace AM,but I see this as the begining of the end of the Big 12.
    ... The Big-12 ended when Nebraska left for the Big-10...... They are nothing more than "dead man walking".
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    Let Clemson and FSU join the SEC and Texas Tech join the Big East to have TCU as a rival. That would make more sense to me anyway.
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    Let Clemson and FSU join the SEC and Texas Tech join the Big East to have TCU as a rival. That would make more sense to me anyway.
    I would LOVE to see Clemson join the SEC... I'm getting season tix for their football program since it's only gonna be 15 minutes up the road from me. The various games would be better than the ACC...
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    Although it wasn't mentioned in this article,Oklahoma State was another school I heard mentioned for the SEC.
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    Although it wasn't mentioned in this article,Oklahoma State was another school I heard mentioned for the SEC.
    Well, they are gonna need a seat when the "musical chairs" stops... I dunno, though... I could see them trying to hang with their traditional rivals as much as possible... As I said in the other thread, it's gonna be interesting.
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    ... The SEC released a statement today saying that they are "satisfied" with the current 12 teams....

    ... Looking for a link and more explanation....
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    SEC does not extend invite to A&MEmailPrintComments697ESPN.com news services
    The Southeastern Conference is not extending an invitation to Texas A&M to become its 13th member, but isn't ruling out adding the Aggies in the future.

    University of Florida president Dr. Bernie Machen said the conference's presidents and chancellors met on Sunday and "reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment."


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    "We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league," Machen said. "We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M."

    A high-ranking source within Texas A&M confirmed to ESPN's Doug Gottlieb on Saturday the Aggies were intent on joining the Southeastern Conference. And they reportedly hoped to begin play in the league starting as soon as 2012.

    The Texas A&M System board of regents has a meeting slated for Monday that includes an agenda item about conference alignment.


    An SEC official had told The New York Times ahead of Sunday's meeting that there was still a 30 percent to 40 percent chance the Aggies would not get enough votes for an invitation. And the issue of needing to add a 14th team along with A&M remained, the newspaper reported.

    "We realize if we do this, we have to have the 14th," the SEC official said. "No name has been thrown out. This thing is much slower out of the chute than the media and blogs have made it."

    The official told The Times that Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin called SEC commissioner Mike Slive three weeks ago and said the Aggies regretted not leaving the Big 12 for the SEC last summer.


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    Two weeks ago, Slive and SEC lawyers met with A&M officials, when the league requested that the school work out the possible legal ramifications surrounding its contract with the Big 12, the report said.

    The Board of Directors for the Big 12 held a conference call Saturday to discuss Texas A&M's plans.

    "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 Big 12 said in a statement. "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."

    Texas State Rep. Dan Branch, the chairman of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education, called a hearing before his committee for Tuesday with Big 12, SEC and Texas A&M officials.

    Branch had said it would be "inappropriate" for Texas A&M to switch conferences before the hearing.

    One possible reason for Texas A&M's renewed interest in leaving the Big 12 could be because the school isn't happy about The Longhorn Network -- created through a 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN.

    The Big 12 says A&M's issues with the Longhorn Network are being addressed. And it is focused on the significance of maintaining regional rivalries and geographic relevance.

    Texas coach Mack Brown, in an interview Sunday on ESPN Radio, said he hoped Texas A&M, the Longhorns' longtime bitter rival, would remain in the Big 12. But he also said the Big 12 and Texas' athletic programs would perservere if the Aggies defected.

    "A lot of people are worried about that," Brown told ESPN Radio. "Texas will be fine. I think the Big 12 will be fine regardless of what comes out of this, and we'll move forward."

    "Number one, it's been a great rivalry with Texas and Texas A&M, so I hope it stays," Brown said.

    "I hope -- I'm a traditionalist -- and I hate to see situations with universities that have played for hundreds of years break up," Brown added, with a subtle nod toward hyperbole. "And we're having a lot of league discussions over the last few years."
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    ... On the outside looking in, it reasonably appears that the SEC is taking time to evaluate the Clemson/Fla st. issue.... Adding these two teams would make more sense than adding A&M... No extra value to the conference comes from adding A&M, but the intrinsic value of adding Clemson & Fla st. basically improves things alot as far as rivalries and local games. Plus... Adding these two teams makes an even number to expand the divisions within the conference.
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