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Baylor Threatens To Keep Texas A&M in the Big 12

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In an attempt to save the Big 12 from crumbling, Baylor is considering legal options against Texas A&M and the SEC. This twist is just the latest in a bizarre saga involving the Big 12, especially after Nebraska and Colorado left the conference after the 2010 season.

While this could be nothing more than a temporary holdup for Texas A&M’s entrance into the SEC, Baylor’s desire to keep the Big 12 together has created a legal hurdle that must be cleared.

However, the latest developments in Waco have put any conference realignment on hold – at least temporarily.

The SEC does not want to be sued or be viewed as a conference killer, which is why Texas A&M has taken the slow, but necessary steps to withdraw from the conference.

Before Baylor’s threat to pursue legal action, the Aggies were accepted as the 13th member of the SEC on Tuesday night and are slated to join in time for the 2012 season.

What is behind this decision? When you take a look at the landscape of college football and the Big 12, the situation could get scary for Baylor.

The Bears want to keep the Big 12 together and by preventing the Aggies from leaving, hope to get a shot at reconciling the differences in the conference.

Texas A&M isn’t the only team eyeing a possible move to another conference. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are reportedly very interested in joining the Pac-12. Texas and Texas Tech have also been rumored to head west if Oklahoma and Oklahoma State also make the transition. Also, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are believed to be targets of any potential Big East expansion.  

Considering the potential dominoes that could fall in conference realignment if Texas A&M joins the SEC, Baylor is simply trying to protect its own interests.

Think about it this way, if the Big 12 falls apart, the Bears could end up in Conference, USA or the Mountain West. Going from a BCS conference to a Non-AQ setup is not what Baylor has in mind.