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OU officials believe Texas A&M headed to SEC

by Berry Tramel Modified: August 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm •  Published: August 12, 2011

Texas A&M's reported interest in the Southeastern Conference has University of Oklahoma officials believing the Aggies might indeed leave the Big 12.

“Some of the egos are escalating,” said an OU administrator.

OU officials spent Thursday and early Friday discussing the various options should A&M leave the 10-team Big 12. Some favor trying to keep the Big 12 together, while others favor seeking new conference alignments. The Pac-12 is the most-discussed option, since the then-Pac-10 offered an invitation last summer, but some have brought up the Big Ten. reported that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Wednesday that he hopes the Big 12 stays together. Dodds spoke at a Young Men's Business League of Austin luncheon.

Dodds said his preference is for the Big 12 to bring in another school to replace A&M, should the Aggies leave. He also mentioned Texas and Notre Dame joining forces to create a new conference, should the Big 12 disintegrate.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist and Reporter
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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