The Big 12 is finally ready to allow its top two teams to play in the college football championship.
The league and the Texas A & M Aggies were expected to make a deal with a group of college football’s biggest owners on Friday.
But that deal fell apart.
The Aggies, who had been set to host Kansas State and TCU in a semifinal game, were told that the Big 12 and the Big East would not work out a deal.
It’s not clear how the Big 11, the Pac-12 and the SEC will reconcile their conflicting schedules.
The conference was expected to announce its new scheduling deal at a news conference in Dallas on Friday afternoon.
But it was delayed by a day because of the deal’s collapse.
The Big East and the ACC announced they would not meet until after the Big Ten championship.
The Big 12 released a statement Friday saying it is in talks with the Big 10 and the Pac 12.
It also said it would not make a final decision on its scheduling until it meets with the league’s owners.
The SEC and ACC were also expected to discuss scheduling issues this week.
Texas A&m athletic director Joe Castiglione said the school is committed to continuing to play football at its home stadium.
He called it “the ultimate vindication.”
“Texas A &M’s football team and the Longhorns have been playing at its current home for over three decades,” Castiglio said in a statement.
“We have every expectation that Texas A will remain at its old stadium for at least another year.”
“We believe the best and most exciting thing for Texas A fans is that the game will be played at a home stadium and that the stadium is owned and operated by Texas A and the Aggies,” Castglio added.
The Texas deal was the culmination of months of negotiations between the Big12 and two of its biggest college football powers, the Big Eight and the NCAA.
The NCAA is now working to complete the process of determining a new schedule for the Big Six, which will include Texas and the league.