The first sign came at a word.
When it came to Texas A&M's relationship with the Big 12, Texas and its Longhorn Network had created it.
Texas A&M's regents met on July 20 before Loftin told waiting media of the uncertainty, and a day later, Loftin dialed up his good friend, SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who Loftin says he'd last spoken to at the Cotton Bowl months earlier.
The league's board of directors met, and everyone appeared to be on the plane, but Texas governor Rick Perry let slip that the Aggies and SEC were engaging in "conversations."
But those conversations couldn't get far unless Loftin had the power to turn them into movement toward the SEC. So, on August 15, the university's board of regents gave it to
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