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Texas A&M move to SEC on hold

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Shirts bearing the Texas A&M logo and the legend "SECede" have been flying out the door in stores in College Station, Texas for nearly a month. But on Wednesday, eight of the other teams in the Big 12 Conference made sure the Aggies won't be flying out of the door to the Southeastern Conference.

Led by Baylor, all schools other than Oklahoma refused to waive their rights to legal action, effectively freezing the proposed conference switch.

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe says his league tried to accommodate a request from the SEC to ease the way for Texas A&M to join.

Beebe said in a statement late Wednesday though that the Big 12 board's letter to the SEC last Friday waiving his conference's rights to legal claims didn't and couldn't require individual member schools to do the same thing.

Since the departure of Texas A&M results in significant changes in the Big 12 membership, Beebe says "several institutions may be severely affected" after counting on revenue streams from contracts approved unanimously by all Big 12 members, including Texas A&M.

He says some schools have millions of dollars of obligations based on those expected revenues.

The SEC voted unanimously on Tuesday to admit Texas A&M to the conference, if all Big 12 schools agreed not to pursue a lawsuit. The move by the eight Big 12 dissenters puts everything on indefinite hold.

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