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But that same official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, described the situation surrounding the potential A&M departure as changing, with the odds of it happening decreasing _ from Friday being a 90-95 percent chance of leaving to “closer to 50-50, and tilting the other way,” he said.

Among the pending issues is the 13-year television deal with Fox Sports worth more than $1 billion that the Big 12, along with Texas A&M, agreed to in April. That contract could potentially be voided if Texas A&M leaves the conference, and that could lead to potential legal claims against the school and possibly the SEC if the Aggies went there.


AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.