WACO - Big 12 schools are apparently lining up to try to stop Texas A&M from bolting to the Southeastern Conference.
A Big 12 source told News Channel 25 Wednesday the University of Texas and Oklahoma are willing to waive any legal claims and allow the Aggies to move.
But the other Big 12 schools, led by Baylor, indicated today they are not willing to give up the right to sue the Aggies for damages.
Last Friday, Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe sent a letter to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive that said in part: "...the Big 12 and its members will not take any legal action for any possible claims against the SEC or its members relating to the departure of Texas A&M University from the Big 12..."
Southeastern Conference school presidents apparently took that as a conference-wide waiver, opening the door to invite the Aggies to move. Tuesday night they did just that.
Then, Wednesday, Baylor threatened legal action to protect its own interests and keep the Big 12 together. The Bears probably have the most to lose if the conference were to disband.
Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State jumped on board with Baylor, according to a source. Texas Tech, Missouri and Oklahoma State may get in line, as well.
Beebe said Wednesday the letter he sent to the SEC waived his conference's rights to any legal claims in the Aggie's move, but he could not require individual schools to do the same.
The SEC is now on hold, saying for it to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure from its existing conference.
Reports say Oklahoma is a big part of the equation, and if the Sooners decide to stay and commit to the Big 12, some of the other schools might then waive their legal rights and allow the Aggies to move. Sources tell us that has not definitively been decided, though.
News Channel 25 was also told the University of Texas prefers to stay in the Big 12 rather than move to the PAC 12 or become an independent.
It's believed some of the Big 12 schools believe Beebe has to hold on to a minimum of nine schools for the conference to survive, and it would then add three more schools to get back to twelve.
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