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SEC makes move to accept Texas A&M

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

The Longhorns reportedly have weighed moving to the Pac-12, going independent, patching together the Big 12 and even looking into the Atlantic Coast Conference.

SEC expansion was stalled last week when Baylor declined to waive its right to file a lawsuit. The SEC’s invitation to Texas A&M came with the stipulation that all Big 12 schools waived their right to sue.

At a speaking engagement Monday night in Birmingham, Ala., Slive said, “In the 78-year history of the SEC, the conference had accepted the membership applications of only two institutions – Arkansas and South Carolina. Texas A&M is now the third.”

But Slive added, “We remain optimistic that Texas A&M will be a member of the SEC and have started to look at schedules for 2012-13 involving 13 teams.”

Said the OU source, “Everybody’s sitting around right now. The shoe has to drop at A&M before anything goes on.”