College football’s best conference may be on the verge of adding more firepower. According to Brent Zwerneman, Big 12 rivals Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the Southeastern Conference about joining. The traditional football powerhouses have their sights set on forming a 16-team super league.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) July 21, 2021
Per Zwerneman’s report, which appears in the Houston Chronicle, an announcement regarding the move could come “within a couple of weeks.”
When asked about potentially adding the Sooners and Longhorns to the conference, commissioner Greg Sankey declined to comment:
Commissioner Greg Sankey on Houston Chronicle report that Texas, Oklahoma have reached out to SEC: "I don't have have any comment on that speculation."
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) July 21, 2021
Oklahoma would be taking a big gamble by leaving the Big 12, which they’ve dominated in recent years. The Sooners have won six-straight conference titles and would face stiffer competition in the SEC. Texas last claimed a Big 12 title in 2009.
Texas A&M, who is currently the only SEC team residing in Texas, appears unlikely to roll out the welcome mat should the Longhorns and Sooners make the move:
Ross Bjork says he was unaware of Texas/OU interest in joining the SEC. SEC ADs have not discussed the issue, he says.
It's clear where the Aggies stand.
"There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12 – to be stand alone & have our own identity. That’s our feeling," he says.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 21, 2021
Teams representing the SEC have won three of the last four college football national championships and have sent at least one team to the title game in six consecutive seasons.
Adding Texas and OU to the Southeastern Conference would further enhance the SEC’s reputation as the nation’s premier college football conference.