Regents OK A&M to look at realignment

August 15, 2011 - 5:30 PM
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2011 file photo, Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman, left looks on from the sideline during the second half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game against LSU in Arlington, Texas. Texas A&M considered a move to the Southeastern Conference last year before deciding to stay in the Big 12. Now many are wondering if the Aggies' days in the Big 12 are numbered, and what that could mean for the future of the conference. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The Texas A&M Board of Regents has given President R. Bowen Loftin the authority to move the Aggies out of the Big 12.

The board took the action Monday, giving Loftin the OK to take any action he deems necessary when it comes to conference alignment. There has been speculation that the Aggies are looking to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.

The SEC on Sunday reaffirmed its 12-school alignment, but left the door open for expansion.

The vote came soon after the chairman of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education, state Rep. Dan Branch, indefinitely postponed a legislative hearing on the subject.