With Faculty Soccer Playoff growth on the horizon and the game as a complete present process radical change, one other spherical of convention realignment could also be on the horizon. Texas and Oklahoma have reportedly “reached out” to the SEC about becoming a member of the league ought to the 2 Large 12 powerhouses select to go away their house convention, according to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.
Citing “a high-ranking school official with information of the state of affairs,” the Chronicle reports that the SEC might announce the additions of the Longhorns and Sooners “inside a few weeks.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey wouldn’t tackle the report whereas in attendance at 2021 SEC Media Days on Wednesday.
“No touch upon that hypothesis,” he advised CBS Sports activities’ Dennis Dodd. Sankey later added: “We’re solely apprehensive in regards to the 2021 season. Someone dropped a report from unnamed individuals.”
Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork made it clear to gathered media Wednesday that he needs the Aggies to be the one workforce from the Lone Star State within the convention. Texas A&M and Missouri had been the 2 groups that left the Large 12 for the SEC within the final spherical of convention realignment practically a decade in the past.
“I have never learn the article, however in the event you’re asking me to sort of touch upon school athletics, it is altering,” Bjork advised Dodd. “So what does that appear to be? I do not know. … We wish to be the one SEC program within the state of Texas. There is a motive Texas A&M left the Large 12: to face alone to have our personal id.”
There was speak at the moment about Texas and Oklahoma doubtlessly leaving the Large 12 for both the Pac-12 or SEC however nothing got here of these discussions as each finally remained with the league they’ve been members of since 1996. Oklahoma was already a part of the Large Eight when it transitioned into the Large 12 in 1996 by including Texas as one in every of 4 packages from the defunct Southwest Convention.
Ought to the Longhorns and Sooners finally go away the Large 12, their additions would make the SEC the primary 16-team superconference, a improvement that has been a long-discussed risk ought to there be one other spherical of convention realignment.