Texas A&M sees no future in the Big 12. For now, the Aggies aren't going anywhere, and the league is in turmoil. "We are being held...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M sees no future in the Big 12. For now, the Aggies aren’t going anywhere, and the league is in turmoil.
“We are being held hostage right now,” Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin told The Associated Press. “Essentially, we’re being told that you must stay here against your will and we think that really flies in the face of what makes us Americans for example and makes us free people.”
The angry statement came on a whirlwind Wednesday that left the future of the Big 12 up in the air. The Southeastern Conference kicked things off by saying it would be willing to make the Aggies the league’s 13th member, but only if legal issues could be cleared up.
What followed was a lot of finger-pointing.
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Texas A&M accused Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe of going back on his word and suggested one of its fellow league schools was deliberately sabotaging its departure to the SEC.
Loftin pointed to two different statements from Beebe within the past week.
The first was a letter sent Sept. 2 to SEC commissioner Mike Slive that said the Big 12 “and its members” had agreed to waive their right to legal action over the Aggies’ move. Loftin then shared a Sept. 6 email sent by Beebe to Slive that said legal waivers from each school were actually far from being secure after Baylor raised the issue.
“If you seek waivers by the individual institutions, you must receive them from those institutions directly,” Beebe wrote. “I regret any confusion on this issue.”
The email was sent Tuesday as SEC presidents and chancellors agreed to accept Texas A&M if the league has guarantees it won’t be sued.
As many as eight Big 12 schools are refusing to waive their right to sue, ESPN.com reported.
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