The Big 12 Conference has released statements from the conference Board of Directors Chairman and conference Commissioner about Texas A&M's letter notifying the Big 12 Conference that the institution will submit an application to join another athletic conference.
Board of Directors Chairman and University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton: "The chancellors and presidents of the Big 12 are committed to keeping our conference competitively and academically strong. We have a process in place that enables us to move aggressively regarding the possible expansion of the conference and to assure our members and student-athletes that we will take advantage of the most productive opportunities in the best interests of all."
Commissioner Dan Beebe: "Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin has notified the Conference of his decision to withdraw the university from the Big 12 effective June 30, 2012. The presidents and chancellors of the nine remaining member institutions are steadfast in their commitment to the Big 12. As previously stated, the Conference will move forward aggressively exploring its membership options."
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