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Aggies to SEC on hold

September 7, 2011

BIRMINGHAM - The Southeastern Conference voted unanimously Tuesday to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, but the process has been delayed because of the threat of legal action.

SEC president’s are seeking assurance that no BIG 12 school will sue the league for contractual interference over Texas A&M. Reports have surfaced that Baylor has yet to agree to the terms.

Dr. Bernie Machen, Chair, Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors said in statement released by the conference said “After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on September 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M. We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.”

Texas A&M announced last week that it planned to leave the Big 12 by July 2012 if they were invited to join another league. The Aggies had been unhappy with the creation of the Longhorn Network by rival Texas and have not been shy about wanting a higher profile and more revenue.

They have already sold out season tickets for next season because of anticipation from the move.

Texas A&M had planned a celebration and news conference at the College Station campus for Wednesday but that is now on hold.

The SEC might not stop at Texas A&M, there have been several rumors of adding a 14th team and possibly making the league a 16-team super conference.

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