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The Big Twelve May Say Goodbye to Texas A&M

Texas A&M has officially announced that they will be applying elsewhere and if accepted will leave the Big 12 as of July 2012. It has been known for some time to 247 sports fans that Texas A&M has been eying the SEC, so the news comes as no real surprise. Texas has been a part of the Big 12 since its founding back in 1996 and is seeking greater exposure for its athletes and more financial support for it’s program with the move. What happens next is still up in the air. On the one hand, the SEC has not confirmed receipt of an application and on the other hand both Nebraska and Colorado have recently left the Big 12. If Texas leaves that will drop the Big 12 down to nine teams; not exactly an even number and certainly smaller than desirable. The remaining Big 12 members will likely undertake a search for new members. As of yet the only school known to be interested is SMU, which has been making it’s way back up since a pay-to-play scandal in the 1980s. It is also possible the the SEC would seek out another team to even out their numbers if Texas A&M makes thirteen on their rooster. This would likely take place after the first year. Either way, it looks like there will be some restructuring in the future of college ball.

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