The incredibly long, drawn-out process of Texas A&M leaving the Big 12 looks like it's finally over.
Texas A&M president Bowen Loftin
Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin will be allowed to take the Aggies to the SEC after all. According to BearsTruth.com’s Brian Ethridge, Texas A&M will be allowed to go to the Southeastern Conference as a deal has been reached between the remaining nine members of the Big 12 that will remove the specter of a potential lawsuit.
This comes after an 11th-hour hurdle was put in the way of A&M being officially accepted as the 13th school in the SEC. Late last night the SEC was notified that not all of the remaining nine Big 12 schools would sign a waiver stating there would be no legal action taken against the SEC for accepting Texas A&M.
Baylor was believed to be the school leading the charge of this last-ditch effort to keep A&M in the Big 12.
According to Ethridge, although it is unlikely that a waiver will ever be signed by all remaining members of the Big 12, the institutions are willing to be party to a gentlemen’s agreement so long as the SEC does not attempt to or agree to poach another school from the Big 12.
The lone remaining obstacle for Texas A&M will be if the SEC demands a written waiver by each Big 12 institution. If the SEC isn't content with just a verbal, gentlemen's agreement they still have the right to deny the Aggies entrance to the conference.
The Aggies were scheduled to be accepted into their new conference today, and had a deadline of today at 5 p.m.
Missouri and Oklahoma are two schools that have been rumored to be attractive to the Southeastern Conference, but at this time it doesn't appear the two institutions have plans on going to the SEC.
The Southeastern Conference is not the only threat to the longevity of the Big 12, however. Over the last few days rumors of Oklahoma's interest in heading west to the Pac-12 have been growing. Reportedly, the agreement is also contingent on Oklahoma staying in the Big 12, thus keeping the conference sustainable. Hookem.com continues to believe the Sooners (and the Longhorns, for that matter) still view holding the Big 12 together the best option.
Presidents and athletic directors of the remaining nine Big 12 schools have said repeatedly their primary goal is to keep the Big 12 alive by adding at least one more university in the not too distant future. At this point, that is believed to still be the goal despite the growing rumors of Oklahoma's interest in the Pac-12.