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If you haven’t heard by now, Oklahoma and Texas are both likely headed to the SEC. Hardly anyone has been talking about it, so I completely understand if you somehow missed that minor, insignificant news that we at OutKick have barely mentioned in the past week.
OK, now that we got all the sarcasm out of the way, we can continue.
Of course, everyone knows about yet another offseason move that is going to completely change the landscape of college football, and of course, pretty much everyone has an opinion on it. Legendary Sooners head coach Bob Stoops is no different.
The man accomplished so much in Norman after all. In his 17 seasons, he brought Oklahoma a national title and 10 Big 12 championships. That’s not quite Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney level, but it’s quite the resume.
People around college football, especially Oklahoma fans, are going to respect his opinion. And when it comes to the program making the jump to the most difficult league in college football, Stoops is all for it:
Let’s set the record straight: OU’s move to the SEC is what’s best for Oklahoma. The reality is that conferences are now more important than ever and, with limited spots, the strongest conferences would not accept OU if we were to require OSU to join as well. By joining the SEC, we ensure the state’s flagship university will be represented nationally while protecting our rich football history for many years to come. To move forward in any other manner would be to the detriment of OU and the state of Oklahoma.
Stoops believes Oklahoma can have success in the SEC. In his opinion, the teams and fans that they’ll bring to the table are second to none, and he believes the move will be attractive to recruits, players and spectators.
Stoops also addressed the elephant in the room, which is Oklahoma State. As much as he would like to see that in-conference rivalry continue, he also understands that conference alignment is changing a lot with college football.
Change is always hard. Moving to a more competitive league is unnerving to some. OU and OSU have a history of being in the same conference — I understand that. Of course, OU and OSU should work together when they can for the betterment of our state, but there are times when that is not possible (I don’t recall sharing my game plan with Coach Gundy every year). The reality is, in today’s world, conference realignment doesn’t allow for it.