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College football national notes

Texas A&M Says Big 12 is backtracking

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M sees no future in the Big 12. For now, the Aggies aren't going anywhere and the league is in turmoil.

"We are being held hostage right now," Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said. "Essentially, we're being told that you must stay here against your will and we think that really flies in the face of what makes us Americans for example and makes us free people."

The angry statement came on a whirlwind Wednesday that left the future of the Big 12 up in the air. The Southeastern Conference kicked things off by saying it would be willing to make the Aggies the league's 13th member, but only if legal issues could be cleared up.

What followed was a lot of finger-pointing.

Texas A&M accused Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe of going back on his word and suggested that one of its fellow league schools was deliberately sabotaging its departure to the SEC.

Loftin pointed to two different statements from Beebe within the past week.

The first was a letter sent Sept. 2 to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive that said the Big 12 "and its members" had agreed to waive their right to legal action over the Aggies' move. Loftin then shared with the AP a copy of a Sept. 6 email sent by Beebe to Slive that said legal waivers from each school were actually far from being secure after Baylor raised the issue.

"If you seek waivers by the individual institutions, you must receive them from those institutions directly," Beebe wrote. "I regret any confusion on this issue."

—Associated Press

BYU vs. Texas


Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

All-time series: BYU leads 2-0

About the Longhorns: No. 4 all-time best football program (.718 winning percentage). Lost to BYU in 1987 and 1988. Coach Mack Brown's record: 134-34.

Utah vs. USC

TV: Versus

Radio: 700 AM

All-time series: USC leads 6-3

About the Trojans: They are in the second year of a two-season postseason ban. Only 10 seniors played in their season-opening win against Minnesota.

Utah State vs. Weber State


TV: none Internet: ESPN3

Radio: 1280 AM, 97.5 FM (Salt Lake City), 6:10 AM, 95.9 FM (Logan), 1450 AM (St. George)

All-time series: Utah State leads 11-1

About the Wildcats: Their only win over USU came in 1978 in Logan as they beat the Aggies 44-25.

Weber State vs. Utah State

TV: none Internet: ESPN3

Radio: 1280 AM

All-time series: Utah State leads 11-1

About the Aggies: They have played Weber State just once in the last 29 years. Linebackers coach Kevin Clune coached at WSU from 2003 to 2008.

Southern Utah vs. Sacramento State

TV: KMYU 2.2 (tape delay starts at 4:30 p.m.)

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Radio: 91.1 FM

All-time series: Sacramento State leads 6-5

About the Hornets: They provided the biggest upset of Week 1, beating Oregon State, 29-28. They moved up to No. 12 in the FCS poll (with three first-place votes).

Dixie State

This week: vs. Colorado Mesa

Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday

Update: Former West Jordan star Cache Morgan had 17 tackles in the 24-14 loss to Adams St.

Snow college

This week: vs. Georgia Military

Kickoff: noon Saturday

Update: Tied for seventh in the NJCAA poll after beating Mesa (Ariz.) 19-15 in the opener.