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Texas A&M, Big 12 Get Their Palimony On

Remember all our pessimistic predictions at the end of the Big 12 expansion tangle that gave the diminished conference a year of survival at the outside? In which direction would you imagine this display by the president of Texas A&M moves that dial?

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“A key part of Texas A&M’s decision to remain in the Big 12 earlier this summer was the commissioner’s commitment that Texas A&M would receive a minimum of $20 million annually in future conference distributions,” Loftin said in a statement. “We remain committed to the conference and fully anticipate that the Big 12 will honor its commitment to Texas A&M.”

And what happens if the Big 12 doesn’t honor its $20 million pledge? [...] Every legal avenue would be explored first, with the potential of bolting for the Southeastern Conference coming after.
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