Big 12 members again challenge future of conference - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Big 12 members again challenge future of conference

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For the second time in two years, the future of the Big 12 athletic conference is in doubt.  While it's impossible to say yet what the outcome will be, the result could profoundly affect Texas Tech.

Wednesday morning, KCBD NewsChannel 11 learned of a new challenge to the well being of the conference. We were told, and have since confirmed from other sources, that Texas A&M's Board of Regents met behind closed doors Thursday to talk about the possibility of moving out of the Big 12. 

This week, the Sporting News reported that A&M and The University of Oklahoma are both flirting with the Southeastern Conference, better known as the SEC.

A&M and OU are concerned that ESPN's deal with the University of Texas for a Longhorn TV network gives UT an unfair advantage in recruiting.  The network would carry high school football games.

Behind the scenes, UT officials are trying reassure other Big 12 teams that the league is strong and the new network won't harm it.

Last year Nebraska and Colorado announced plans to leave the conference.  Assuming A&M and OU don't jump ship, 10 teams including Texas Tech remain in the Big 12.

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