Texas A&M announced its intention to explore its options regarding conference affiliation on Thursday.
That was followed by the school's athletic director, Bill Byrne, stating that he'd support the Aggies intention to do so.
Now, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has responded, confirming reports that the Big 12 is set on expansion should the Aggies leave, but reiterating the league's "strong desire" that the Aggies stay.
"The letter received today from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin will be addressed by the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors," he said. "It remains our strong desire for Texas A&M to continue as a member of the Big 12 and we are working toward that end. However, if it is decided otherwise, the Conference is poised to move aggressively with options."
The league's board of directors is set to meet on Saturday.