After news emerged of Texas and Oklahoma being interested in joining the SEC came out this week, it appeared that Texas A&M would do anything necessary to keep it from happening, especially the Longhorns.

Then there were reports that the Aggies had called a meeting for Monday to discuss the issue.

Now both President Kathy Banks and Athletics Director Ross Bjork have issued statements seemingly showing a change of heart. Banks was to the Houston Chronicle.

“The last few days have been challenging in many ways, and I recognize that change in college athletics often is unsettling for those who love their institutions,” Kathy Banks said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle. “Rest assured, the chancellor (John Sharp), our athletic director (Ross Bjork), and I, and everyone involved in this matter are focused solely on what is best for Texas A&M University.

“Since 2011, we have been a proud member of the best athletic conference in history and we look forward to continued success in our SEC partnership for many years to come.”

Bjork struck a similar tone.

“The SEC is in position to lead. The college athletics landscape is changing and evolving. We know other people are interested in joining. That’s not surprising. We feel in the state of Texas we paved the way for that. We’re (A&M) stronger than we’ve ever been. We have over 550,000 former students. We’re on the cusp of the CFP. We have Olympians. Our women are basketball champions. We knew this day (Texas and OU joining SEC) could happen and probably would happen. We’re surprised at speed of it.”