Statement from John Currie and Kirk Schulz

President Kirk Schulz

Aug. 31, 2011

Statement from K-State Athletics Director John Currie and President Kirk Schulz:
“K-State remains fully committed to the Big 12 Conference and continues to be excited about its future. There is great solidarity among the nine league institutions and an eagerness to achieve the stability our students, fans and alumni deserve. We remain actively engaged with our conference administration and fellow presidents and athletic directors in proactively determining our next steps. As in the past we will provide more updates as they are warranted."

Statements from the Big 12 Conference:
Board of Directors Chairman and University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton:
“The chancellors and presidents of the Big 12 are committed to keeping our conference competitively and academically strong.  We have a process in place that enables us to move aggressively regarding the possible expansion of the conference and to assure our members and student-athletes that we will take advantage of the most productive opportunities in the best interests of all.”

Commissioner Dan Beebe:
"Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin has notified the Conference of his decision to withdraw the university from the Big 12 effective June 30, 2012. The presidents and chancellors of the nine remaining member institutions are steadfast in their commitment to the Big 12. As previously stated, the Conference will move forward aggressively exploring its membership options."