Texas Tech planted its support firmly behind the future of the Big 12 conference, cemented Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt Thursday. However, that doesn't mean a nine-team conference.
"Right now our efforts and focus is on growth and expansion opportunities," said the first-year Tech director. "We've got to get back to immediately...my personal opinion is that conference numbers are going to continue to grow."
With the national prognosticators predicting 'mega conferences' dominating the future collegiate landscape, Texas Tech is left guessing which conference they will end up belonging.
Hocutt did say he was disappointed with Texas A&M's decision to leave the conference.
"Growing up in the state of Texas, you want to play Texas schools...and it's disappointing that [A&M] may not be coming here every other year."
With Tech's first meeting against the Aggies dating back to 1927, the tradition between the two schools is one of the most storied between any two Texas schools. This year's meeting in Lubbock will mark the 70th time the two sides will play, and it could be their last.
So will the Red Raiders make an effort to keep Texas A&M on the schedule?
"Popular question...but I guess my answer is conditional upon their application to some conference they haven't named," said a lighthearted Hocutt. "I guess we'll make that decision when everything settles."
"Coach Tuberville continue to talk about our non-conference schedule and how we can strengthen that; and we can bring premier opponents from other BCS-qualifying conferences into Jones AT&T Stadium."