The Pac-10 may have started the domino’s for a serious conference realignment as news has broke that 6 Big 12 schools have been invited to join the league. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., and Colorado have been asked to join the league, making it a 16 team league. The Big 10 had already allegedly offered Nebraska, Missouri, Notre Dame and Rutgers to join its league.
So, where does this leave the SEC? Let’s assume that the Big 12 becomes non-existent if those 6 teams move to the Pac-10. There would be no reason for Nebraska and Missouri to not join the Big 10. That would leave Baylor, Kansas, Kansas St., and Iowa St. without a conference. Do any of those schools make sense for the SEC? I would say NO.
So, assuming the Pac-10 would become 16 teams, the Big 10 likely become 12-14 teams, does the SEC even need to look to expand?
Well, as the article points out:
“There does appear to be some resistance to an invitation from the Pac-10 from at least one of the six schools being targeted – Texas A&M. According to a source close to the situation, A&M officials have had serious conversations with the Southeastern Conference about the Aggies joining that league.
There is also reason to believe Oklahoma could be enamored with joining the SEC. But that does not appear to be an option Texas officials would be willing to consider. There is a sense among UT officials the academics in the SEC are not on par with Texas. If A&M and Oklahoma were to splinter off and join the SEC, the Pac-10 would obviously have to revise its invite list.”
Who knows, but if these invitations are excepted by the Big 12 schools, a HUGE shift in college athletics takes place.