Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin was given the power to negotiate on the behalf of the university
with regards to a possible change in conference affiliation by a unanimous vote of the Texas A&M Board of Regents.
Loftin, outfitted with his signature maroon and white bowtie, met with reporters for 14 minutes after the vote was taken, but not before greeting the media with a "Howdy!" His media sitdown was his first since telling reporters that there was "uncertainty" regarding Texas A&M's future in the Big 12 back on July 20.
The following day, July 21, Loftin contacted SEC commissioner Mike