Texas A&M makes it official: Aggies leaving Big 12

Texas A&M made it official Wednesday morning, announcing the school’s notice to the Big 12 that it is leaving to seek membership in another conference.

Texas A&M’s target date for leaving the Big 12 is June 30, 2012.

There is no mention of the SEC in the news release on Texas A&M’s website, but there has also been no indication the Aggies have their eyes on joining any other conference.

If as assumed A&M joins the SEC, certainly the Aggies would be placed in the Western Division with LSU. Barring a major change in the way the SEC schedules in football, that means the Tigers and Aggies would play every year.

LSU beat Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl in January, the first football meeting between the two frequent rivals since 1995.

Once the SEC would extend an invitation to A&M, the attention will turn to which team will join the SEC to balance out the Aggies and give the conference an even 14 teams.

Speculation has included Oklahoma and Missouri from the Big 12 and North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Clemson from the ACC. It is widely believed that Florida would move to block FSU’s potential entry into the SEC and that South Carolina would do the same regarding Clemson.

There has also been some speculation that the Big 12 would possibly target Arkansas – which joined the SEC in 1992 – as a replacement for Texas A&M. Arkansas was in the old Southwest Conference with eight schools from Texas before joining the SEC.