How Could Texas and Oklahoma Joining the SEC Change College Sports?

Is college football getting its own Super League?

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Running back Jaden Knowles of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates his touchdown during the team's spring game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on April 24, 2021.
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Earlier this year, plans for a European Super League featuring some of the continent’s best club teams collapsed spectacularly. That doesn’t mean that the idea of a sport’s best teams playing in the same league went away, though — and reports from this week suggest that we might see a powerhouse NCAA conference getting even stronger.

This week, a number of news outlets including ESPN reported that the SEC was in talks with the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners to join the conference. On Thursday evening, both were notably absent from a meeting of Big 12 schools — and, as ESPN noted, each would owe the Big 12 conference at least $76 million if they moved to the SEC.

Further complicating matters is the presence of Texas A&M in the SEC, with conflicting reports indicating that the university was taken aback by the possibility of the Longhorns joining the conference as well.

The implications of the Texas and Oklahoma move could be massive across college athletics. According to an article published Friday at The Athletic, the Big 12 is exploring a number of options, including merging with the Pac-12 conference and looking to add schools from the American Athletic Conference. There’s a lot at stake here, both for the SEC hopefuls and for the other institutions affected by their potential departure.

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