Texas and Oklahoma to SEC? Live news updates as Big 12 powers may kick start conference realignment
As if College Football Playoff growth and title, picture and likeness rights weren’t sufficient to shake up the game, one other spherical of conference realignment seems to be solely a matter of time. Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about leaving the Big 12 and becoming a member of the nation’s strongest conference, sources inform CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.
Citing “a high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation,” the (*12*) Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman first reported that the SEC might announce the additions of the Longhorns and Sooners “within a couple of weeks.” Yes, issues may transfer that shortly.
While SEC commissioner Greg Sankey together with officers from Texas and Oklahoma have all launched statements refusing to touch upon these stories, there have been no outward denials to this level. This regardless of resistance from some tangential events, specifically Texas A&M (not wanting one other Lone Star State crew within the SEC) and Oklahoma State (not wanting to be left alone within the Big 12).
This is the second time in simply over a decade that the Longhorns and Sooners have given critical consideration to leaving the Big 12. Back over the last spherical of realignment, the packages (together with the Cowboys) got here inside half-hour of leaving for what was then the Pac-10.
The additions of Texas and Oklahoma would make the SEC the primary 16-team superconference whereas concurrently including large model energy to a league already seen as the perfect in school sports activities. Whether these packages go away now or go away for the SEC particularly, their departure from the Big 12 seems inevitable. CBS Sports will proceed protecting this creating story with live updates beneath.