Texas, which is now basically the acknowledged landlord of the Big 12, has issued a statement on Texas A&M’s rumored decision to leave. It’s not exactly a “you’ll-be-missed” farewell.
At this point we do not know if Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12. All we know is what we read and hear in the media. We are actively looking at every possible option we have and have been talking to other Big 12 schools. We are strong supporters and members of the Big 12. We’d be disappointed if Texas A&M leaves but, if they do, we wish them well.
Whether you blame Texas or A&M for the increasingly likely break-up of the Big 12, it’s looking more and more like this relationship is beyond repair. That’s exasperation you see practically oozing from the statement.
On the other hand, the remaining Big 12 schools should welcome Texas’ statement that it plans to continue supporting what’s left of the conference. Of course, we’ve seen what these statements of loyalty mean when the college football world is becoming unglued — very little. Just look at what Texas A&M said about the Big 12 last year, and you’ll get an idea of how much those missives are worth.