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Texas and Oklahoma interested in joining the SEC, per Houston Chronicle report

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Moments before Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher took the stage at SEC Media Days, Texas A&M’s beat writer for the Houston Chronicle dropped a bombshell of an exclusive report to say Texas and Oklahoma have expressed interest in joining the Southeastern Conference.

The Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman spoke to “a high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation” who said an announcement regarding the potential addition of Texas and Oklahoma could come in the weeks ahead.

Once the story broke, Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reached out to Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork for a comment on the matter. Bjork said, “We want to be the only SEC team from the state of Texas.”

Jimbo Fisher added, “I bet they would,” when he was asked on the SEC Media Days stage.

A&M broke off from the Big 12 to join the SEC in the summer of 2012, ending conference rivalries with both Texas and Oklahoma.

Adding the Big 12’s two biggest football programs would bring the SEC to 16 teams, if it happens.

Stay tuned.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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33 Comments for Texas and Oklahoma interested in joining the SEC, per Houston Chronicle report



  1. UKgrad80
    4:14 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    I am not in favor of adding anymore teams to the SEC.



  2. ClutchCargo
    4:18 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    That seems like a lot of schools, but how do you turn those two down? You don’t. The implications for the marketability of the SEC would just be incredible.



    • T-Town Cat
      4:35 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      Absolutely. Adding Austin, TX and the Longhorn Network alone would be huge.



    • JTHinton
      4:36 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      All for it as long as we can do horns down



    • WKY Cat
      4:52 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      T-Town I think the longhorn channel might be a deal breaker. No way AL and others allows TX to rake in that kinda money. It puts every current SEC program at a HUGE disadvantage. The Big12 caved because they were scared TX would leave the conference. The SEC doesn’t have to make that concession. Not to mention the additional exposure used to recruit.



    • T-Town Cat
      5:46 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      WKY, I’m saying they would have to add their subscribers to the SEC Network, not remain independent.



    • neat1ky
      6:28 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      I agree, Texas network won’t work in SEC



    • TBW3011
      3:18 pm July 22, 2021 Permalink

      In theory the network is an advantage, but it didn’t help them much in the Big 12 in football



    • ClutchCargo
      4:46 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      That should be a condition of letting Texas in, JT: no whining about having your stupid hand gestures mocked. lol



    • ClutchCargo
      7:39 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      I’m assuming that dropping the Longhorn network would be required.



  3. JTHinton
    4:36 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    16 is a lot, but Texas and Oklahoma is Texas and Oklahoma. Would be nice to send Mizzou and Vandy the other way, but I’m sure that wouldn’t go over well (or even be legal).



  4. FinnaGoHAM
    4:37 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    If that were to happen which school currently in the West would move to the East?



    • nocode96
      5:08 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      Probably bama and auburn.



    • T-Town Cat
      5:48 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      You would only have to move one – probably Auburn – to have 8 teams in each Division.



    • ukflyguy
      7:12 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      They will move Missouri to the west and Alabama and Auburn to the East. That way you keep Alabama Auburn, Alabama Tennessee, and Auburn Georgia. You can get rid of permanent non division opponents and will add one more conference game.



    • ukflyguy
      7:19 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      They won’t lose the Iron Bowl. Both Alabama and Auburn will move east and Missouri heads to the west. This preserves historical rivalries and gets rid of permanent non division opponents. They would add one conference game so that way you would play every team in the other division once every four years.



  5. DelrayCat
    4:39 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    This has been inevitable for some time now.
    I see Alabama and Auburn moving over to the East.



  6. DelrayCat
    4:49 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    East: UK, UT, USC, FL, Vandy, Ga, Auburn, Alabama
    West: Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Okla, Missouri, MSU, Ol Miss, Ark



  7. UKSEC22
    4:56 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    Rather go with North Carolina and Virginia. Keep it true to the Southeast region. A&M can get a pass.



    • DelrayCat
      5:02 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      UNC would never leave Duke.



    • beauleonard
      5:02 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      Not in favor. It’s doesn’t help Kentucky and honestly, I could give two shits about conference revenue. Let’em suck dust in the southwest.



    • csnailnrun
      9:17 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      A man of reason Beau! seems everyone has their panties in a wad and all about the “SEC”. Thought this was a Kentucky fan base platform.



  8. serdi
    4:57 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    They keep adding Big 8 and SW conf schools to the SouthEASTERN conference. Maybe the schools in the eastern time zone plus Vandy should move over the the ACC. It would make as much sense and the western expansion.



    • DelrayCat
      5:03 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      No SEC team like Vandy would be foolish enough to leave the money machine that is the SEC….no matter how many beatdowns they take on the gridiron.



  9. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:19 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    why would oklahoma come to the sec and become a .500 ball club.



  10. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:22 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    If that happens then there’s two more teams Kentucky wouldn’t be able to beat, especially in football.



    • IndianaSucks
      11:01 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      Bingo. Why aren’t there more comments about this? This would almost make us bottom feeders again.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:34 am July 22, 2021 Permalink

      Oklahoma……no, Texas…….it depends on how bad they want to underachive that year. If they start the season in the top 10 Kentucky beats them.



  11. zod
    5:28 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    So that would leave the Big 12 with only eight teams. Would they become the Big 8 again? Or could they automatically get extra teams from the Big 10 (which has four extra over its quota). Shouldn’t these names mean something?



    • T-Town Cat
      5:52 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      There has been some talk that the Big 12 has been courting Arizona and Arizona State. They would be a poor substitute if Texas and Oklahoma left.



  12. ukflyguy
    7:25 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    Probably gets broken up as all the other conferences jump in. Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State to the Big 10, Texas Tech, TCU to the PAC 12, Baylor and Oklahoma State to PAC 12 or Big Ten. West Virginia to the ACC. It may force Norte Dames hand as well when the dominos fall.



  13. njcat
    11:04 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

    A&M will not go for this, and I can see a couple East teams voting no to keep Alabama and Auburn from moving over.

    Since the SEC already has a Texas team they should just add WVU to the east and OK to the west.