The Southeastern Conference said Sunday it's sticking with its
12-school membership for now.
A statement from University of Florida President Bernie Machen,
the chairman of the league's presidents and chancellors committee,
said the group met Sunday and "reaffirmed our satisfaction with
the present 12 institutional alignment."
Machen said no action was taken regarding Texas A&M or any other
However, Machen didn't close the door on future growth.
"We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it
advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league. We
discussed criteria and process associated with expansion," Machen
said in the statement.
The Aggies are reportedly seeking to leave the Big 12. The Texas
A&M System board of regents has a meeting slated for Monday that
includes an agenda item about conference alignment.
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe and the conference's Board of
Directors discussed the future of the conference and Texas A&M's
possible departure during a teleconference Saturday.
"The board strongly conveyed to Texas A&M its unanimous desire
that it remain a Big 12 member, and acknowledged its value to the
conference," the Big 12 said in a statement released Saturday
Texas State Rep. Dan Branch, the chairman of the Texas House
Committee on Higher Education, called a hearing before his
committee for Tuesday with Big 12, SEC and Texas A&M officials.
Branch had said it would be "inappropriate" for Texas A&M to
switch conferences before the hearing.