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"If you look at what the member institutions have won on the gridiron and all sports, for that matter, we've done very, very well," Gearhart said.
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe and the conference's board of directors discussed the future of the conference and Texas A&M's possible departure during a conference call Saturday.
"The board strongly conveyed to Texas A&M its unanimous desire that it remain a Big 12 member, and acknowledged its value to the conference," the Big 12 said in a statement Saturday night.
Texas State Rep. Dan Branch, the chairman of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education, called a hearing before his committee for Tuesday with Big 12, SEC and Texas A&M officials. Loftin said he has accepted Branch's invitation to participate in the meeting.
"These are extremely complex issues," Loftin said, "and it is imperative that we proceed methodically and in the best interests of Texas A&M."
The Aggies' football team went about business as usual Sunday with two indoor practices.
Coach Mike Sherman reiterated late in the afternoon that he's not in the loop on developments involving the SEC and his sole focus is on the Sept. 4 opener against SMU.
"My comment that I don't pay a whole lot of attention to it, is accurate," Sherman said.
Senior safety Trent Hunter says the Aggies have followed the coaches' mandate to block out the rumors and concentrate on football.
"Not been very hard at all," Hunter said. "Our coaches made a very good point of it. They nipped it in the bud on the first day -- don't talk about it, don't tweet about it, don't Facebook about it. It's not anything that's going to affect us playing SMU in that first week."
The school said athletic director Bill Byrne was traveling back from France and also was not available.
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