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Texas Tech reaffirms commitment to Big 12

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The pot continues to stir this weekend. Saturday, the Big 12 Board of Directors met and expressed their desire to keep Texas A&M as part of the Conference and reaffirmed all commitments to the Conference, should the Aggies jump ship.     

Sunday, the SEC Chancellors and Presidents held a teleconference to discuss bringing in the Aggies. Florida President Bernie Machen says the Conference reaffirmed their satisfaction with the twelve members in the current league and no action was taken towards Texas A&M or any other institution. Machen went on to say the SEC does recognize expanding the number of institutions in the league could be advantageous in the future. Whether they stay or go, Texas A&M will make an impact on the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech University Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt spoke Sunday afternoon about the entire situation.                

"Busy weekend. One that we continue to follow all the developments that are happening and being speculated about. I would just reiterate the statement from our Board of Directors yesterday and I can specifically speak on behalf of Texas Tech, that we value Texas A&M as a member of the Big 12 Conference," said Hocutt. "It's our hope and desire and our wish that they remain a part of the Big 12 Conference and hopefully that will be the case. Just as important, we continue to monitor it as a University and our focus will continue to be doing what's best for Texas Tech University and what's best for Texas Tech University is continuing to be a proud member of the Big 12 Conference and a apart of the Big 12 Conference in the future. That's our commitment to remain and be a valuable part of it as it goes forward as one of the premier intercollegiate conferences in the country."                

Both the Texas A&M Board of Regents and the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Higher Education still have their meeting scheduled for Monday and Tuesday respectively. The SEC could wait until the two meetings have taken place before taking a different stance on bringing Texas A&M into the conference.

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