Moving the SEC? Texas, Oklahoma try to leave Big 12 for new conference
Posted On July 21, 2021
Texas and Oklahoma have discussed with Southeastern Conference officials the possibility of leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday.
An announcement could come in a few weeks, the newspaper reported. However, senior sources at both schools were evasive when asked about the situation by the Austin American-Statesman.
“Sorry, I can’t comment on all the sports rumors going around right now during this crazy time,” Texas President Jay Hartzell told the Statesman last week.
A person from the Oklahoma Track and Field Department told the Statesman via text message, “Come on, now? Is it again (‘Groundhog Day’)? “
During the SEC media days in Hoover, Alabama, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey made “no comment on this speculation,” according to CBS Sports. Sankey also told a reporter from 247Sports, “I’m here to talk about the 2021 season.”
On stage, speaking with SEC reporters, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher was asked if he thought Texas and Oklahoma would like to join the A&M league. “I bet they would.” . I’m just worried about A&M, ”he said.
For a new team to join the SEC would require a majority decision of the league members. A&M left the Big 12 and joined the SEC ahead of the 2012 football season, in part to move away from Texas.
“We want to be the only SEC team in the state of Texas,” A&M athletic director Ross Bjork told Sports Illustrated on Wednesday. “There’s a reason Texas A&M left the Big 12 – to be self-sufficient and have their own identity. It’s our feeling. “
What could lead the discussions? College football has been rocked by a series of changes in recent years, including the transfer portal and new rules regarding name, image and preferences.
In addition, most major conference TV contracts are due for renewal in 2023 or 2024. And college presidents and athletic directors are now considering expanding the college football playoffs to 12 teams. It’s unclear how any of these changes will affect the financial dynamics at play.