Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 Conference that it will leave pending acceptance into another conference, according to a news release the university issued Wednesday morning.
The release did not include the name of any other conferences, but it did say that A&M would submit “an application to join another athletic conference” – singular. A&M has made no secret of its desire to join the Southeastern Conference.
If the Aggies' application is accepted, the release said, they will leave the Big 12 effective June 30, 2012. No timeline was given for submitting that application, but university President R. Bowen Loftin has said that he does not want a prolonged process.
“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,” Loftin informed Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe in a letter dated Wednesday.
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Loftin also wrote that the university appreciates “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,” Loftin added, “including mutual waivers by Texas A&M and the conference on behalf of all the remaining members.”