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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?

“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.

It may not all be bliss, but every wound is treatable. Please ignore the peculiar smell. There's no cause for alarm.