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This is what you call official. The Texas A&M Board of Regents has moved its scheduled meeting next week to Monday and added an agenda item that is unmistakably about a pending move to the SEC.

Authorization for the President to Take All Actions Relating to Texas A&M University's Athletic Conference Alignment, The Texas A&M University System

The full agenda could be posted soon on the TAMU site for the meeting, but the intent of the item is clear. Essentially, Bowen Loftin is going to get the go-ahead to make all the decisions that would be needed to get A&M into the SEC. Rumors are indicating that the SEC doesn't want to poach A&M from the Big XIIish, but would likely accept A&M if the Aggies left the conference -- and such semantics are important in the odd world of conference administration.

Instead of going through the hurdles of holding multiple meetings, the A&M board of regents is simply going to give Loftin the authority to pull out of the Big XIIish and join the SEC. Likely in that order.

The timing of the meeting is significant, as well, in light of the Texas Legislature's decision to hold a hearing about conference realignment Tuesday. By then, it will probably be too late.