OU and UT on the move to SEC
Multiple sources want to confirm and persuaded that it will happen that the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners, two Big 12 teams, will make a move to the SEC. In what was assumed to be weeks, it turns out it can happen within 24 to 48 hours. There were some speculations before the end of last season that there would be a shake-up. During an ESPN on-field interview with Dan Mullen, he stated that he did not know what would happen in the near future. Maybe, he knew as well as others and kept it under wraps so that the media would not exploit it.
There have been plenty of talks about restructuring college football. But with the OU and UT moving to the SEC, that would be best for business. Steve Sarkisian is a former assistant coach from Alabama who is familiar with the recruitment and the game. From Clovercrest Media Group's R&J Podcast, Justin Donofrio mentioned that OU needs more competition as they had dominated the BIG 12, winning six straight conferences (2x-Bob Stoops, 4x-Lincoln Riley).
It is unfortunate for the BIG 12 conference at this moment. The once 12 team powerhouse is having a difficult time strengthening the conference. The last time the conference had 12 teams was in 2010. Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, and Texas A&M were once part of the organization. TCU and West Virginia were the only colleges to join the BIG 12 in 2018. With OU and UT expected to leave the conference, which other schools would fill in the void? Maybe the conference can acquire Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and Army. These schools have competed at a top-tier level and can benefit from elevating the conference.
On the other hand, there is one school that is not approving the move. Texas A&M left the Big 12 at the end of the 2011 season to be the most dominant athletic program in the state. Their last game against UT was on November 24, 2011, in College Station, as the Longhorns came out victorious 27-25. UT has an overall record against the Aggies 76 wins, 37 losses, and 5 Ties.
With OU, the Aggies won the Cotton Bowl 2013 over the Sooners 41-13. OU has dominated A&M throughout its history (OU 19 wins, A&M 12 wins). So if history has a way to repeat itself, Aggies will focus on finding a way to get past Alabama and deal with OU and UT.
If OU and UT programs officially move, the schools will owe up to $80 million to the Big 12. Some lawyers will get involved to ensure that the transaction will move smoothly at whatever cost.
And with that price, the move can cause a domino effect. If the BIG 12 does not react and build, the conference will lose TV ratings and disband. That would mean that the remaining colleges will move to other conferences.
This is all a circus, and I am curious as to how everything will play out.
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