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Texas, other Big 12 teams to stay together

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Texas A&M regent Gene Stalling said he would like to see the Big 12 survive if they don't get a better offer. Texas A&M regent Gene Stalling said he would like to see the Big 12 survive if they don't get a better offer.

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas says it is staying in the Big 12.

Shortly after Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed to The Associated Press in an e-mail  that the University of Texas had declined an invitation to join his conference, the Longhorns put out a statement saying they would "continue competing in the Big 12."

Oklahoma and Texas A&M also say they will stay in the Big 12, which on Friday seemed in danger of falling apart after Nebraska and Colorado both decided to leave over the next two years.

Texas president William Powers Jr. wouldn't give any details about why the school decided to stay put when asked by the AP. The school has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning.

AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this
report from New York.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas A&M regent Gene Stallings says he wants the Big 12 to survive and would vote to keep the Aggies in the league if they don't get a much better offer from another conference.

Stallings told The Associated Press on Monday that keeping the Big 12 together "would tickle me to death."

Stallings coached Alabama to a football national championship in 1992. If Texas A&M moves, he'd rather see the Aggies go to the Southeastern Conference than the Pac-10. But Stallings says the last thing he wants to see is the Big 12 break apart.

Aggies officials have met with Pac-10 and SEC officials in recent days. Regents at Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have scheduled meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss conference allegiances. Stallings says he expects Texas A&M regents to meet later this week.    

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