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Big 12 coaches weigh in on A&M's exit

9/26/2011

Texas A&M's move to the SEC became official on Sunday, and as of July 2012, the Aggies will be the 13th member of the SEC.

"We hate to lose them. In the Big 12, they’re a good program, and I’ve coached there before," said Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, who coached from 1995-2008 at Ole Miss and Auburn. "It’s a lot of tradition and just a great university. Mike Sherman has done a great job of building it back to where R.C. Slocum had it."

Sherman deferred comment for now to his administrators, who will hold a joint celebration/press conference at Kyle Field later tonight.

"I was disappointed that they left," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, whose team beat A&M at Kyle Field on Saturday.

That was the first matchup of top 10s in College Station since Texas came to town in 1975.

"I thought that our league was very strong and competitive and I liked everything about it. I hated that they left," Gundy said.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has been critical of the Big 12 in the past, calling the off-the-field headlines for the league "embarrassing" and stood behind his previous comments without adding to them on Monday.

The Big 12's uncertain future may become a bit more concrete soon, but Missouri is reportedly weighing a move to the SEC while the Big 12 restarted its own expansion plans.

"I want the Big 12 to stay. Maybe we play with nine teams or maybe we pick somebody else up," Gundy said. "I was disappointed because I think there’s a lot of strength in this league and I hate to see it break up. And, or, I hate to see teams move."

Interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said Friday there seems to be a preference for the Big 12 to move to 10 teams rather than 12.

The Aggies, meanwhile, face an uncertain future of their own while finding a new certain home to deal with change.

"They’re obviously getting into a different environment. Coming over here from the SEC, I had to make a lot of changes in terms of what I thought it would take to win in this league after finding out the kind of teams we play against, offense and defense. They’ll have to do the same thing. It’ll be a transition period for them, but football’s football," Tuberville said. "They’ll do fine. They love football. They’ve got tremendous facilities. I think they’ll fit in well."