Texas and Oklahoma have contacted the SEC regarding a possible conference decision, according to the Houston ChronicleIt’s Brent Zwerneman.
The addition of the 12 great powers would give the SEC 16 schools, creating the country’s first “super-conference”, according to Zwerneman. The induction of Texas and Oklahoma into the SEC would require a majority vote of 75 percent of current conference schools, according to Sports Illustrated Ross Dellinger.
Wednesday’s report does not mark the first potential rumbles of a Big 12 exodus. Texas and Oklahoma both came close to leaving the conference after the 2010 season, but the pair of programs remained in place as Missouri and Texas A&M have left for the SEC. Texas A&M President Ross Bjork said on Wednesday he hoped the Aggies would remain “the only SEC team in the state of Texas,” according to Illustrated sports‘s Ross Dellanger.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey declined to comment on Wednesday’s report.
“The varsity athletics landscape is constantly changing,” Oklahoma spokesperson said Athleticism Nicole auerbach. “We do not respond to all anonymous rumors.”
A spokesperson for Texas told the Austin-American Statesman’s Brian davis something strangely similar. “Speculation is swirling around varsity athletics,” the spokesperson said according to the report. “We will not go into rumors and speculation.”
And Oklahoma State, a traditional nemesis of the Big 12 of the two schools, issued a statement criticizing any move. “We have heard unconfirmed reports that OU and UT have approached Southeastern Conference officials to join the SEC. We are gathering information and will be monitoring closely. If this is true, we would be sorely disappointed.”
The Big 12’s current TV contract with ESPN and FOX expires in 2025. Texas TV channel Longhorn Network has a contract with ESPN until 2031.
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