A&M System Regents to Meet Monday on Aggies' Conference Future

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The Texas A&M System Board of Regents are scheduled to vote Monday to authorize the Texas A&M University president to take action concerning which athletics conference the Aggies will be a part of going forward.

In the meeting, which was announced Friday afternoon, the board will consider the following item in executive (closed) session: "Authorization for the President to Take All Actions Relating to Texas A&M University's Athletic Conference Alignment, The Texas A&M University System"

When the meeting resumes in open session, a vote on that matter is scheduled to take place.

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. and is a telephonic conference call.

News 3 has learned that a press conference with A&M President R. Bowen Loftin and A&M System Board of Regents Chairman Richard Box could "potentially" take place immediately following the meeting, that according to a high-ranking source.

Originally, the Board of Regents was scheduled to meet on August 22, with a discussion of A&M's future in the Big 12 and a possible move to the Southeastern Conference all-but-assuredly to be discussed at that time.

The Texas House Committee on Higher Education then scheduled a meeting for Tuesday concerning A&M's potential departure from the Big 12. Invited to that meeting were the commissioners of the Big 12 and SEC, along with Box and Loftin.

The chairman of that House committee, Rep. Dan Branch, told ESPN he had heard a vote by SEC presidents to invite A&M to the conference could come Saturday.

As of Friday evening, the House committee meeting is still scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The regents meeting originally slated to take place August 22 is no longer scheduled, according to an A&M spokesperson.

Regarding agenda items for Monday's meeting, A&M officials have no comment, but others outside of Aggieland are talking.

University of Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds told the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls that he believes the Aggies are leaving the Big 12.

“I think nine’s an option,” Dodds said in regards to the number of teams that could make up the conference. “I think nine are solid. I think 10’s a good number. I’ve always liked 10. In my mind, we’d try to stay at 10. If we had to, we’d go to 12.”

San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reporter Brent Zwerneman cites an A&M official, who says Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe has told A&M that if they leave the conference, it will survive without them because UT is the key to its future. The University of Houston, a Conference USA member, could slip into the tenth spot vacated by A&M, Zwerneman reports.

Texas A&M would become the thirteenth school in the SEC, and according to Tom DeAngelo of the Palm Beach Post, a source with Florida State University says the Atlantic Coast Conference member is seriously considering becoming the SEC's fourteenth school. Additional moves could take the conference to 16. Clemson and Virginia Tech from the ACC are being mentioned, along with Big 12 schools Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

In its current 12-team format, the SEC has no Texas schools. The furthest school west in its Western Division is Louisiana State University. Longtime A&M rival Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Mississippi make up the rest of that division.

Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt make up the SEC's Eastern Division.


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