The Associated Press has obtained an email indicating that it was Baylor that raised the specter of legal action to stop Texas A&M from leaving the Big 12.
The email was sent late Tuesday by Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe
to Mike Slive, his counterpart at the SEC.
It says the Southeastern Conference will need to ask each Big 12
school to waive their legal rights to clear the way for Texas A&M
to join the SEC. Beebe says: "I recognize that this issue has been
raised due to Baylor University's indication that its governing
board has not waived the university's rights" to take legal
Beebe had sent a letter to Slive on Sept. 2 saying that the Big
12 "and its members" would not go to court to sue the SEC or its
12 member schools over Texas A&M as long as the deal was secured by
Beebe then sent Tuesday night's email around the time that SEC
presidents and chancellors were voting on an application from Texas
A&M to join by next summer. Beebe told Slive, "I regret any
confusion on this issue."
Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin told the AP in an interview
that Tuesday's email was "really a violation of trust" on the
part of Beebe. The Big 12 did not immediately return a message left
seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.