There were a few fun revelations to come out of Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin's comments following the Board of Regents' decision to give him full authority to make decisions involving the Aggies' conference alignment. Essentially, the board handed Loftin the keys to the car, and allowed him to drive it wherever he wants. The most assumed destination is, of course, the SEC, with talk of a partnership between the two sides reaching deafening levels over the weekend.
Loftin laid out how the process may work and what his options are, now that he's in charge of the Aggies' future. But his comments did contain an interesting nugget about when the SEC talk began (via Chuck Carlton on Twitter).
Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin: He began talks with SEC commissioner MIke Slive on July 21. Has had contact with no offer conferences.
The date is as interesting as it is important. First, July 21 was the second day of SEC Media Days, so Loftin reached out to the SEC while it was revving up the hype machine and standing in the national spotlight. And just a day before, SEC commissioner Mike Slive had the following to say about expansion.
"I could get to 16 (teams) in 15 minutes."
It was an offhand remark and somewhat of a joke, but looking back, it seems as though it acted as a bug zapper for Texas A&M. The timing is likely coincidental, but that doesn't make it any less interesting.
One day after Slive joked about expansion, the Aggies extended a hand. Now, less than a month later, the process is moving forward, and Texas A&M could end up in the SEC by the time it's all said and done.