What others say about Texas A&M's Big 12 departure

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | 11:14 p.m. CDT; updated 11:31 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 1, 2011

Texas A&M's notification to the Big 12 on Wednesday that it will submit an application to join a new conference has sparked speculation on the future of the Aggies, the Big 12 Conference and MU athletics.

News outlets across the country are buzzing with the reality of another bout of conference realignment in college athletics.

The Missourian's Harry Plumer wrote that Missouri will have a home regardless of whether the Big 12 continues to exist, and the Missourian gathered reactions from Twitter.

In Dallas, the location of the Big 12's headquarters, the Dallas Morning News has compiled reports on what college football coaches are saying about A&M's move and on some candidates to replace the Aggies in a new-look Big 12. Big 12 reporter David Ubben spells out what the immediate future holds for Texas A&M, and Oklahoman college football reporter Travis Haney has Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' thoughts on the state of the conference and what's next for his school.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley describes how Texas A&M could be the first domino to fall in a realignment that could have effects on east-coast conferences  such as the Big East and ACC. (He also gives the Big 12 the new nickname of the "Puny 9.")

Matt Hayes of the Sporting News looks at possible schools the Big 12 could invite to join.

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