SEC makes move to accept Texas A&M

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: September 13, 2011

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive on Monday took a step, but only a step, toward solidifying Texas A&M’s admission into his conference, which could trigger a mass exodus from the Big 12.

Meanwhile, University of Texas officials flew to Oklahoma on Sunday and visited with OU officials about the Sooners’ conference plans.

“More exploratory than anything else,” an OU source said of the meeting, that included presidents David Boren (OU) and William Powers (Texas). “I think the main reason for them coming up was to find out what we’re going to do. I know they didn’t come up with an agenda.”

Multiple OU sources have said the Sooners will seek Pac-12 membership if A&M leaves the Big 12.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Friday at the Arizona State-Missouri game what he had stated previously, that his conference prefers not to expand but would reconsider if another conference moved past 12 teams. Texas A&M would be the 13th school in the SEC.

The Pac-12 would prefer both OU and Texas, but West Coast outlets have reported that the Pac-12 would take OU and Oklahoma State without a commitment from Texas.

“Texas, I don’t think they know what they’re going to do,” said the OU source. “It’s just a big card game. Obviously, the Pac-12 would like to have us and Texas. Texas has to make up their mind what to do.”