Initial reports of a potential Oklahoma/Texas move to the SEC broke less than 48 hours ago. Now, it appears the landscape-altering shift is right on the horizon.
According to Texas insider Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, discussions about this potential move have been underway for “a minimum of six months.” Reports also indicated the Texas A&M, a former Big 12-turned-SEC program who immediately opposed this proposition, had been kept in the dark about the move until the initial reports broke on Wednesday.
The Texas and Oklahoma move could reportedly become official in a week.
“They’ve been working on this for a minimum of 6 months, and the A&M leadership was left out of discussions and wasn’t told about it,” a prominent Big 12 source said, per Bohls.
Prominent Big 12 source tells the American-Statesman the Texas-OU move to the SEC is almost done. "They've been working on this for a minimum of 6 months, and the A&M leadership was left out of discussions and wasn't told about it." Move could become official in a week.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) July 23, 2021
If this move is to go through, the SEC would jump from an already-large 14-team group to a 16-team mega-conference. By SEC rule, 11 of the current 14 teams would have to approve of the move to accept Texas and Oklahoma into the league.
Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork wasted no time in showing opposition to this proposal. The Aggies left the Big 12 to join the SEC back in 2012.
“We want to be the only SEC team from the state of Texas,” he said just after the initial reports broke. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12 – to be stand alone & have our own identity. That’s our feeling.”
The Big 12 itself isn’t a fan of this attempted exodus either. According to a statement obtained by Sports Illustrated on Thursday, the eight conference leaders present at yesterday’s meeting “strongly desire to retain the current composition” of the Big 12.
Stay tuned for updates on this developing situation.