Texas A&M is not quite SEC-bound yet, and if comments from Texas Longhorns' athletic director DeLoss Dodds are any indication, the Big 12 still wants the Aggies. Saturday's statement flies in the face of a previous statement from commissioner Dan Beebe, who essentially said the Big 12 will move forward with or without Texas A&M, should the Aggies head to the SEC. But now, it appears the Big 12 may put up a fight in an effort to keep its conference at 10 members.
Here is what Dodds had to say (via Austin Statesman reporter Kirk Bohls).
Texas AD DeLoss Dodds says after B12 AD meeting, he doesn't know if A&M's leaving, said "everyone wants them to stay. We've been playing them for more than 100 years," Dodds says. "Its' hard. Is A&M leaving for sure? I don't know that."
There are a few things going on here, and it could be another posturing situation. The Aggies could very well be wanted by everyone, or Dodds could be posturing. Nobody wants to be the bad guy in conference expansion, and no matter what happens, everyone will be positioning themselves to walk away with clean hands. It's all a mystery, and part of the politicking that goes on during these games.