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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Tech makes it official, commits to Big 12

By Jeff Caplan

Not that it was ever in doubt, but Texas Tech put its stamp on the new Big 12, the last of the 10 schools to do so after the board of regents met Tuesday afternoon.

Here's a statement Tech released:

"As we"ve said during this period of instability in conference alignments, our goal has been to preserve the Big 12 Conference. We are proud to announce that this has been done and that we are recommitting to our status as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

"We worked carefully through this process in consultation with our colleagues in the Big 12 South and have come to the conclusion that remaining in the Big 12 is best for Texas Tech University from the perspectives of revenue, rivalry and the welfare of our student-athletes.

The Big 12 is a tremendous fit for Texas Tech both academically and athletically. Remaining in the Big 12 will allow us to play our traditional rivals and maintain those competitive associations we have developed with the Big 12 North members."