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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.

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AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.