Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne is speaking out after his school's decision to leave the Big 12.
In a blog posted Wednesday, Byrne says the departures of
Nebraska and Colorado and the creation of the Longhorn Network at
rival Texas made the Big 12 "considerably different" than it was
last summer -- when he said the Aggies should remain in the league.
The blog was posted a few hours after Texas A&M told the Big 12
it plans to leave the league by July 2012 if it is accepted by
another conference. The Aggies have expressed interest in joining
the Southeastern Conference.
Byrne says other developments "have caused a great deal of
uncertainty within the Big 12," and says the "landscape" of the
league "was altered by the creation of the Longhorn Network."
He mentions the network's attempts to televise high school games
and the "attempt to coerce Big 12 schools to move their football
games in Austin" to the network. Byrne also says that Texas A&M
was not offered the chance to join the Longhorns in the venture.