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Texas A&M to the SEC? Not So Fast

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It is still unknown whether Texas A&M will bolt from the Big 12 and join the SEC (Photo: GNU) It is still unknown whether Texas A&M will bolt from the Big 12 and join the SEC (Photo: GNU)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A Texas lawmaker has indefinitely postponed a Tuesday hearing on Texas A&M potentially leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.

The announcement came on Monday while the Texas A&M Board of Regents was meeting behind closed doors to discuss conference alignment.

The chairman of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education, state Rep. Dan Branch, says "there is no immediate need to evaluate the merits of an athletic conference reconfiguration involving Texas A&M" and other Texas schools.

The move comes one day after the SEC reaffirmed its 12-school alignment amid reports that the Aggies were leaving.  


SEC Says It Is Sticking With 12 Teams For Now

The Southeastern Conference says it's sticking with its 12-school membership for now.

A statement from University of Florida President Bernie Machen, the chairman of the league's presidents and chancellors committee, says the group met Sunday and "reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment."

Machen says no action was taken regarding Texas A&M or any other schools.

However, Machen didn't close the door on future growth. He says the group talked about the criteria and process associated with expanding should the league choose to grow in the future.

The Aggies are reportedly seeking to leave the Big 12. The Texas A&M System board of regents has a meeting slated for Monday that includes an agenda item about conference alignment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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