Byrne said A&M’s desire was always to remain in the Big 12. He worried about competing in different time zones – whether East or West – and didn’t want traditional rivalries to end.
A&M – along with Texas and Oklahoma – received a guarantee from the five Big 12 schools most at risk had the conference fallen apart. A&M’s revenue share will jump from $9 million to $20 million. It’s a status some credit to A&M’s flirtation with the SEC and its hesitance to go to the Pac-10 with five other Big 12 schools.
The split from Texas was publicly conceded as a possibility by Gene Stallings, the legendary former coach and an A&M regent. Stallings did not respond to interview requests.