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Legal action could hold up Texas A&M to SEC

SEC presidents and chancellors met Tuesday night and voted to accept Texas A&M as the newest member of the conference.

A legal challenge, however, is holding up the process of the Aggies leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC.

According to the statement from Florida President Dr. Bernie Machen, who is also the chair of the SEC presidents and chancellors, the SEC received "unanimous written assurance" from the Big 12 on Sept. 2 that the SEC was "free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member."

Machen went on to say in his statement that on Tuesday afternoon one Big 12 school had "withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action."

The SEC, however, will not admit Texas A&M as a member unless it has "no contractual hindrances to its departure."

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin also released a statement earlier on Wednesday addressing the Aggies' potential move to the SEC.

"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 the 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."

Stay tuned as this situation heats up. If Texas A&M does end up leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC, it will be the first domino in what will likely lead to other conferences adding teams as college football moves towards super conferences.

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