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Is Texas a Lock to Join the SEC?

While conference realignment is always a hot subject, it appears the world of college sports almost looked vastly different back in 2010. Apparently Kansas and Oklahoma almost joined the Big 10 five years back, which would have formed a West division in the conference with Nebraska, Iowa State and Texas A&M all leaving the Big 12 and joining Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

Most importantly is what would have happened to our conference, which would have taken Texas and TCU.  It would allow for the Texas A&M-Texas rivalry to pick back up while giving the SEC even more fire power in football and another known name to help out in basketball.

I’ll throw the question to the comment section. Assuming everyone would take in Texas and TCU, how would you like to see the SEC split the divisions? It’s hard to imagine either of those two schools moving to the East.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

1 Comment for Is Texas a Lock to Join the SEC?

  1. Kyle A
    7:45 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    The question that I think you’re trying to pose is if the Big Ten reaches out to Kansas and Oklahoma again, as written in the article in modern conference alignments, how would the SEC divisions play out? However, your blurb about the “Big Ten West Division” fallout suggests (at least to me) that if the 2010 scenario played out, the SEC would still get Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU, using today’s scenario. We must follow the logic in a chronological manner.

    Let’s remember that the Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M all were rumored to join the Pac-12 at the same time in 2010. It’s hard to say who would’ve gone where back then (now we know), but if it did occur then, would Missouri and Texas A&M still have joined the SEC? It’s still possible but if the aforementioned linked schools did decide to go to the Big Ten, I would’ve guessed either two (possibly four) of the following would have joined: Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri, or West Virginia. TCU really wasn’t amidst the realignment talk to any conference until Missouri and Texas A&M had already decided to bolt for the SEC, leaving a natural void in the Big 12. Either way, Texas was going to either the SEC or Pac-12 if the article scenario played out.

    To answer your question, the SEC would probably look similar then as it does now. I don’t envision a scenario that would put the furthest west teams (Texas or A&M) in the East. Arkansas probably would’ve moved because they do not have a natural rival within the division along with LSU? I’m guessing they would’ve brought in all four: both Texas schools (no Texas Tech) plus Missouri and West Virginia to balance out the scales and have mega 16 team conference. The division creates more drama intra-division with natural rivals. LSU is the only team left “out” but IMO their rivals aren’t all that natural to begin with, not like Iron Bowl, Egg Bowl UT-A&M, at least.

    West: Texas, A&M, Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Miss State.
    East: LSU, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Vandy, Tennessee, South Carolina, West Va.