According to several major sports media outlets the University of Texas and Oklahoma University has reached out to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to possibly join them. It’s been ten years since the last conference realignments and this one could be the most intriguing of them all.
Of course changing conferences only helps those willing to go through with it because of the money opportunities it gives. Lets face it… the SEC is the powerhouse of college football and that is where the money is. Sure in the BIG XII you have Kansas, West Virginia, and Texas Tech as premiere basketball schools. But that is not enough. According to USA Today UT has the top athletic/sports program revenue in the nation with $223,879,781.00 and their football program is tied with Texas A&M with a $147 million in revenue. So I guess the saying, “Everything in Texas is bigger” is true.
According to CBS Sports, UT actually has been the only school to present themselves to the SEC. Question is did they speak for OU also. Both schools are the powerhouse of BIG XII football, well at least OU is more inclined to have that title of being the powerhouse because of their 14 conference titles that they have received since the inception of the BIG XII in 1996. UT only has three, but they always seen to be in the hunt. So will the SEC take both or just one and find another school in the east? Obviously that question still remains, however the only way these schools get in the SEC is if 11 of the 14 current SEC schools say yes.
The SEC bylaws about expansion allows only a super majority of the representatives school to let other teams in to expand. Well Texas A&M, UT’s oldest rival will probably say no so that they only get to tap into the Texas high school talent. Alabama could say no because lets face it, pretty much every team in the SEC is chasing Bama, and they don’t want another team like OU to do that. Then there is Missouri. They defected from the BIG XII when A&M did for reason of profit sharing and tired of being told what to do and how to do it from UT and OU.
So if this happens, then where does the rest of the BIG XII land? For several years its been said that Texas Tech would follow UT where they go. We all know if UT get the chance to join the SEC, Tech is not going to go with them. It pretty much been said the same for Oklahoma State with OU. Then there is Baylor and TCU. Both football squads have seen much success in the past several years and not to mention Iowa State. West Virginia never made sense in the first place so they might bolt for the ACC if the ACC allows it. This leaves the two heart of the nations schools, Kansas and Kansas State. KU cant ever seen to get a decent football program going and K-State has had their hay day.
In my opinion, I say let UT and OU leave. Perhaps Tech and OK-State can form a new conference. Perhaps Tech flies the coup completely and join the PAC 12. Of course none of these things are set in stone, but again if the two “powerhouse schools” want to leave… then just go.