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SEC interested in adding Texas, Oklahoma, per reports

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The talks of adding Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC are not one-sided. There are multiple reports this evening that the SEC is interested in bringing both teams on board, with one source telling Brett McMurphy that Texas will notify the Big 12 within the next week that it does not want to extend its media grant of rights, which expires in 2025. Another source said the reason the SEC would be interested in the expansion is it would increase the SEC Network’s footprint, which could allow ESPN to raise its subscription rates. (Money, money, money!)

Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger is also hearing that Texas and Oklahoma have made “serious” inquiries with the SEC about joining and are currently developing exit strategies from the Big 12. For the move to happen, three fourths of the league, or 11 of the 14 teams, will need to approve adding Texas and Oklahoma. According to Pete Thamel, that won’t be as difficult as you might think.

Oh boy.

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26 Comments for SEC interested in adding Texas, Oklahoma, per reports

  1. Cokely53
    9:57 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    It was spoken about before the last major conference realignment that there would be a shift towards 4 power conferences with 16 teams each. SEC has been at the forefront for that all along and this would be a power move bringing these two big boys to the show.

    • Cokely53
      9:59 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      As for how the East/West part would shake out. I see it being more Arkansas sliding to the East and the new teams joining the west. The conference would want to make sure it had plenty of high profile games every year. Losing Alabama and auburn to the East would really hurt that.

    • Corder
      10:37 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      It doesn’t matter what side they are on. They will make the matchups as they want and there will be plenty of high profile matchups adding those two teams as well as all the other teams in the conference already. Never going to be a problem in the SEC.

  2. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:25 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    I can see the reasoning now, the SEC is getting ready to leave the NCAA after the tv contracts expire, they will make so much more money.

    • Corder
      10:39 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      Not wrong about that. The SEC in football is its own league already. You add in Texas and Oklahoma and you could hold your own football championship. Already most years have two teams from the SEC in the payoffs.

  3. njcat
    11:35 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    They don’t need Austin… and they’ve already got the state of Texas, so leave horn-down snowflake TX and their their Longhorn TV out of it. Just add OK to the west and WVU or FSU to the east.

    • Beaver_Fever
      12:29 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      Not sure Florida would be happy about adding FSU and I wouldn’t blame them. West Virginia would be interesting though. I don’t want to see Texas in the SEC, they seem like the prima donna of the Big 12. Oklahoma in the West and WVU in the East would be interesting but that would be an absolutely loaded West!

    • rogerd
      2:15 pm July 22, 2021 Permalink

      Just as Beaver_Fever said Texas is the prima donna of the Big 12, although undeserved. Oklahoma has won the last 3 games vs. Texas and 9 of the last 12.

  4. DelrayCat
    12:16 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    If this happens….then competitive balance is meaningless. Meaning, moving Auburn and Alabama may tilt the conference heavy towards the east, but it only intensifies the interest…and money…and the likelihood of 16 in the national playoffs. You could not keep out the #2…or even the #3 club in the SEC in a given year for the title dance. Man, this will be crazy if it happens…but that potential conference TV cash will equate to billions in the future.

    • DelrayCat
      12:26 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      I meant to say that if they move to 16 team playoff…and Bama and Auburn move to the East (Mizzouri, OK, Texas to the West)…then there will be a consistent case to be made for 3 teams in the SEC EAST to be included in the playoff…that actually benefits UK. I wonder how that will affect scheduling??? We now play every East team plus MSU and one west team….clearly that changes things..especially if there is a 16 team playoff….Title game teams may wind up playing 16 games!

    • Beaver_Fever
      12:44 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      I don’t see how it wouldn’t hurt programs like Kentucky. We’ve had one chance in the Mark Stoops era to win the East. Most are projecting the Cats to place 3rd this year and this is year 9 for Stoops. Climbing the Georgia and Florida mountain is hard enough, adding Alabama and Auburn to the East makes it all but impossible to win the East. This is one of those “the rich get richer” situations.

    • DelrayCat
      12:32 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      Actually 17 games if it is 16 team playoff…it will be 12 initially so the title teams will play 16 total if they are in a conference championship game.

  5. dale-in-orlando
    6:40 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    We aren’t the southwest conference. Virginia Tech and NC State are the way to go. We don’t need half of the Southwest Conference

    • JTHinton
      8:26 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      VT isn’t in the south, either. Not sure NCST is big / relevant enough to be in the SEC.

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      9:44 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      Actually Virginia was the the seat of the confederacy so tech is in the south.

  6. BlueBanker18
    6:56 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    Texas in the SEC would be sweeeeet especially with how good they’re going to be in basketball over the coming years. I’d love to play them regularly instead of once every how many years in the Big 10 challenge.

  7. 4burgoo
    7:48 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    If it doesn’t happen, I am beginning a petition to the Big 12 to take back Missouri and give us West Virginia. Allowing Missouri into the conference was a huge miss, they need to disappear.

  8. Nutwrap
    8:57 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    This is great news especially if they break up the east and west by divisions. In conference 1: In the North, you get UK, Vandy, Mizz, Ark. in East: Fla, Ga, SC, Tenn. In Conference 2: In the West you get Tex, Ok, LSU, A&M. And in the South you get Ole Miss, Miss St, Ala, Aub.

    Each team plays their 3 division opponents each year, then they play 2 opponents from the other division in the conference each year. Lastly they rotate through 1 opponent from the other two divisions each year. You’ll see every team at least once every 4 years. Keep several of the most important rivalries yearly.

    And if they really want to make a splash, have a 2 game playoff at the end of the year where each team in the SEC plays 2 games. Each division winner plays for the SEC championship, The losers of the first game play each other in the second game but the other teams play a team from the opposite divisions who they hadn’t played that year. In that scenario, several teams will end up playing each other every 2 years instead of every 4. This also helps rank the teams better for bowl games.

    • Middy
      9:20 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      That sounds like so much fun that it’s almost guaranteed not to happen!

  9. big cat
    9:00 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    Shoot. While we’re having the discussion, can’t we send Vandy to the Ivy League….or somewhere else…LOL? I have never liked Missouri in the SEC either….but I do agree with TX and OK. I’m not opposed to considering some other teams in FL too. Whatever happens is out of our hands, but I’m all for the expansion. If TX and OK join our conference, it could put MORE emphasis on UK increasing it’s stance in the East in football.

  10. VirginiaCat
    9:13 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    Texas with Beard at the helm will be quite a challenge. He’s an excellent recruiter, strong bench coach, and hungry. New sheriff in town?

  11. ZRZynda
    9:17 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    If I’m GA, UK, Vandy or FL I vote yes only if Bama stays in the west. You could bring auburn to the East with Arkansas! Then instead of bama playing TN every year as the one team it would become auburn tk keep the Rivalry

  12. ZRZynda
    9:37 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    South Carolina

    A&M (Pissed off ?)
    Ole Miss

    After this I could see the big 12 disbanding and half joining the pac 12 and Kansas plus the other half joining the BiG 10. This could also lay the ground work for schools like UCF to join the ACC eventually having 4 super 16 team conferences getting rid of the NCAA all together and just have a Council where 2 members are appointed per Big conference and each little conference gets one appointment

  13. ZRZynda
    10:07 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

    Also dream scenario similar to someone above:

    4 divisions, each team plays their division once for 3 games, each team would have 1 team from each division they play every year, and then a rotating team as well giving you 6 more games. So 9 SEC games 3 non conf games. SEC has a 4 team playoffs where each division makes it and then a committee ranks them 1-4. That gives the SEC 4 televised games for the SEC tournament over 2 weeks.

    Down below would be the divisions and next to the team the three teams they play every year regardless.

    Kentucky: FL•A&M•State
    Vandy: TN•OK•OleMiss
    Mizzu: GA•TX•Auburn
    Arkansa: SC•LSU•Bama

    Florida: KY•State•LSU
    Georgia: Mizzu•A&M•OleMiss
    SC: Ark•TX•Auburn
    Tenn: Vandy•Bama•OK

    OK Vandy•TN•Auburn
    TX: Mizzu•SC•State
    A&M: Ark•FL•Bama

    Bama: Ark•TN•LSU
    Auburn: Mizzu•SC•OK
    Ole Miss: Vandy•GA•A&M
    State: KY•Fl•TX

    In this scenario you play every team at least once in 3 years and the games just rotate home/away.

  14. waytolongcal
    1:34 pm July 22, 2021 Permalink

    The real story is they can’t join this year, tickets already gone out. Schedules been set in stone…. So what’s the hurry, this could just be fake news to hype up the upcoming season. Story comes out during media days. Pete Thamel is a joke, mr misinformation UK fans should know that.

  15. waytolongcal
    1:39 pm July 22, 2021 Permalink

    Vandy got the best gig, they get same amount of money as everybody else and they don’t expect to win.