Baylor Tries To Slam Exit Door on AM

Texas A&M will have to wait a little while longer to celebrate its exit from the Big 12 and trip to Nirvana, aka the SEC. On the way out today, Baylor (and apparently four other Big 12 programs) refused to waive their right to sue the SEC for poaching the Aggies.

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe had sent a letter to Mike Slive, his SEC counterpart, assuring him that the Big 12 was okay with the move. Each individual school, however, still had the right to individually challenge A&M's departure to the SEC.

"We were notified (Tuesday) afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action," said Florida President Bernie Machen, chairman of the SEC leaders. "The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure.

That one institution was Baylor and speculation mounts that they have also enlisted Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, and either Missouri or Texas Tech.

Texas Tech President Guy Bailey in a text message confirmed that the university's board of regents would have to waive the school's right to pursue legal action. He also said Big 12 members were planning a conference call sometime Wednesday.

As to be expected, the Aggies were not pleased. and we are disappointed in the threats made by one of the Big 12 member institutions to coerce Texas A&M into staying in Big 12. ... These actions go against the commitment that was made by this university and the Big 12 on Sept. 2. We are working diligently to resolve any and all issues as outlined by the SEC," said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin.

The SEC has made it clear that they will welcome A&M (and the State's fertile HS recruiting ground) -- if there are no legal issues.

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"Texas A&M is a great school, but we don't' want to involve ourselves in any legal action over all of that," said David Williams, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics.

Baylor visits A&M October 15th. Kickoff is set for 2:30 central.

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