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A&M sets deadline to depart Big 12

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 08:34 PM
HOUSTON -

The official Texas A&M fight song includes a line that bids farewell to Texas, "so long to the orange and white." By this time next year, Texas A&M may have said goodbye to a lot more than its storied, century-old rivalry with Texas.

Texas A&M announced Wednesday that it will leave the Big 12 Conference by July 2012 if it can find another home, preferably in the Southeastern Conference .

The decision could set off another round of conference realignment in college sports and it raises questions about the future of the Big 12, which is starting the season with 10 teams after losing Nebraska and Colorado. The Big 12 said it would move quickly to find at least one replacement for the Aggies but offered no timeline.

The SEC said it had not received an application from Texas A&M to join the league and that it would have no further comment. The SEC has reaffirmed its 12-school membership, but remains open to expansion talks.

CONNECTICUT: The Huskies' season opener against Fordham at Rentschler Field, originally scheduled for tonight, was rescheduled for noon Saturday. Tonight's game was postponed because the stadium was being used as a distribution center for storm-related aid.

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