Key Lawmaker Weighs In On A&M Athletics

Monday, August 15, 2011
The chairman of the House Higher Education Committee said today that it would be “inappropriate, highly inappropriate” for Texas A&M University to shift its athletic programs to the Southeastern Conference before giving legislators a chance to ask questions.

But Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who is also a top lieutenant to House Speaker Joe Straus, told the American-Statesman that he didn’t think that would happen.

“It’s my understanding, based upon conversations with A&M officials, that the A&M Board of Regents is meeting to consider an agenda item to authorize the president to enter into negotiations with the SEC, assuming the SEC extends an offer to A&M to join the conference,” Branch said.

“It is not my understanding that they are meeting to complete or accept an offer to the SEC if one’s extended. To finalize such an action before giving legislators a chance to ask some questions would be inappropriate, highly inappropriate.”

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