Report: Texas, Oklahoma seek move to SEC

Field Level Media

July 22, 2021 at 12:09 am.

Texas and Oklahoma have approached the Southeastern Conference about joining the league, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

An announcement about the potential addition of the two Big 12 powers could come within a few weeks, the Chronicle reported, citing a “high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation.”

The SEC has had 14 member schools since 2011, when Texas A&M and Missouri left the Big 12 and began play the following season.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey declined to comment about possible expansion, Sports Illustrated reported.

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher wasn’t surprised to hear that the two schools are hopeful of being part of the SEC.

“Listen, it’s the best league in ball, and I’m sure they would like to be here,” Fisher told the SEC Network. “That’s something that Commissioner Sankey and them will have to gauge and see if that’s something the SEC wants to do. That’s still hard to say.”

Fisher couldn’t resist delivering a warning for the two Big 12 schools.

“I’ll say this though — be careful what you ask for in this league,” Fisher said, before laughing.

While all sports would shift, football would be the biggest appeal to the SEC.

There has been speculation over the past year that one day, the 64 teams in the Power Five conferences could divide into four 16-team super conferences, and the SEC moving to that number could spark that shift.

Currently, the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference have 14 member schools, the Pac-12 has 12 schools and the Big 12 has 10.

Notre Dame is a 15th team in the ACC for all sports other than football, in which it plays an independent schedule.