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SEC Accepts Texas A&M, But Baylor Stands In The Way

At long last, the worst kept secret in conference realignment is almost official. The SEC has voted to allow Texas A&M to join the SEC - with a catch. The Aggies must first clear up any and all legal hurdles that might make such a move messy. Yesterday, that wouldn't seem like such a problem. Today, though, it appears that the University of Baylor is threatening legal action against Texas A&M if they attempt to leave for the SEC.

Texas A&M's president R. Bowen Loftin has already publicly commented on Baylor's roadblock.

We are certainly pleased with the action taken last night by the presidents and chancellors of the Southeastern Conference to unanimously accept Texas A&M as the league's 13th member. However, this acceptance is conditional, 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 Conference. 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.    

All Baylor is simply doing right now is delaying the inevitable. The Aggies are going to end up as a member of the SEC very soon. Baylor's focus should be on finding a new conference for themselves as the Big 12 looks certain to fall.

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