After weeks of speculation, Texas A&M officially announced to the BigXII that they are formally seeking a new home for their athletic programs. Read the official press release
. Texas A&M hasn’t announced where they’re headed but it’s pretty clear they want to be in the SEC. After Colorado’s and Nebraska’s departures last year, TAMU’s exit brings the Big 12 conference affiliation down to 9. The big question is whether or not those schools will be replaced. As has happened each time with conference shakeups, one or more schools that have been left out of a BCS conference get a chance to win the lottery and get an instant upgrade in competition, $ and exposure (Louisville, South Florida, Utah, TCU). So who will it be this time? BYU is just now starting its relationship with independence in football. Do they break it off before it even gets started or do they play it out to see if there will be more changes in the future? Other candidates to the Big 12 could include SMU, Houston, Air Force, or other schools that already have BCS status (though less likely) like Notre Dame or TCU. If the Big 12 comes west there’s a slim chance it could open up an opportunity for Utah State to leave the WAC. Aggie fans (of the USU variety) are crossing their fingers, hoping, waiting.