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A&M move to SEC halted by legal move.

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The Southeastern Conference cleared the way for Texas A&M to join its ranks — with a wrinkle.
A Big 12 school has threatened to sue if the Aggies leave the fold.

The announcement Wednesday that the SEC will make the Aggies the 13th SEC team once the legal issues are resolved is the latest step of a courtship which the Aggies initiated in July.

The SEC, which would become the first BCS conference with more than 12 members, said it received "unanimous written assurance" from the Big 12 on Sept. 2 that it was free to accept Texas A&M. The presidents and chancellors met late Tuesday "with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC. "
Then the deal hit a snag.

"We were notified (Tuesday) afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action," said Florida President Bernie Machen, chairman of the SEC leaders. "The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2."

The Big 12 didn't say which school was threatening legal action. However, Mississippi State President Mark Keenum said it's "my understanding" that Baylor was the school holding up the move.

(full story on AP web site)
 

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It is becoming apparent that most or all of the Big 12 schools are refusing to sign the waivers. Why would they sign them? Why would the SEC think that the Big 12 schools would sign them? Either the SEC thinks it is legally protected here or it doesn't. If it does think it is legally protected, why ask for the waivers other than looking for an excuse to kill the whole deal? If they are not legally protected, they either write a big check to the Big 12 schools or drop their pursuit of Texas A&M.
 
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This is like the schoolyard bully waving a consent form in front of his next victim. "Please sign here before providing me with your lunch money".
 
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