Chancellor Hance refutes Big 10 talk - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/10/10

Chancellor Hance refutes Big 10 talk

By Benji Snead | email and Pete Christy | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Chancellor Kent Hance refutes any talk of Texas and Texas A&M leaving Texas Tech behind in some sort of switch to the Big 10 Conference.

Thursday afternoon a breaking news report from KCTV in Kansas City said high level sources are telling them that A&M and Texas want to move to Big 10. The TV station there also said that those plans do not have to include TTU or Baylor.

"That is not true," Chancellor Kent Hance said to KCBD NewsChannel 11 after learning of the report from Kansas City.  "I have been assured by UT and A&M that it is not true."

All of this chaos comes just one day after a well placed source at Texas Tech told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that if Nebraska left the Big 12 (to pursue a spot in the Big 10) that a PAC 10 deal with Texas Tech, Texas, Texas A&M and others would be "all but a done deal".  Reports from Nebraska indicate the Cornhuskers do indeed want to go to the Big 10. 

Texas Tech's official statement Thursday afternoon is as follows:

"Texas Tech University is optimistic and excited about the future of our athletics program. We are still monitoring the situation and will comment in more detail at the appropriate time. Our potential options are positive for the university."

UPDATE:  Texas A&M then added this statement late in the day.

"Officials from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas met in Austin today to discuss several topics of mutual interest to both institutions regarding recent developments affecting the Big 12 Conference. No decisions were made or agreements reached as a result of these discussions."

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