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Statement From Texas A&M On Big 12 Departure

COLLEGE STATION (AP) The statement from Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin after the school officially notified the Big 12 Conference it will end its membership effective June 30, 2012, if it is accepted by another league:

“After much thought and consideration, and pursuant to the action of the (Texas A&M University System) Board of Regents authorizing me to take action related to Texas A&M University’s athletic conference alignment, I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference. We appreciate the Big 12’s willingness to engage in a dialogue to end our relationship through a mutually agreeable settlement. We, too, desire that this process be as amicable and prompt as possible and result in a resolution of all outstanding issues, including mutual waivers by Texas A&M and the conference on behalf of all the remaining members. As I have indicated throughout this process, 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. “This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically. Texas A&M is an extraordinary institution, and we look forward to what the future may hold for Aggies worldwide.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Gumby Rules says:

    So what will i watch the day after Thanksgiving?

  2. Tony says:

    A&M should stay in the Big 12. Whatever conference they go to they will not have the traveling group of fans if they have to travel to south carolina or florida or georgia. A&M STAY IN THE BIG 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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