- Texas and Oklahoma could be members of the SEC very soon, according to a new report.
- Both schools have been working on the move for at least 6 months and kept Texas A&M out of the discussion on purpose.
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Typically, late July is a rather boring time in the college football world. Sure, we get to hear coaches and a handful of players talk to the press during media days, but it’s usually not until August and Fall camp rolls around when we have legitimate stories to follow.
That isn’t the case this year thanks to the news breaking earlier this week of Texas and Oklahoma looking to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC.
The news about the Longhorns and Sooners was first reported by the Houston Chronicle then followed up by other reports stating that neither school was going to be renewing their media contracts with the conference.
While the story of the school’s wanting to join the SEC is less than a week old at this point, it appears they’ve been working on this move for quite some time, which shows just how badly they want out of the Big 12.
According to American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls, Texas and Oklahoma’s move to the SEC is “almost done” and this has been in the works for “a minimum of 6 months.” He also notes that Texas A&M, a former member of the Big 12, was left out of these discussions on purpose.
Prominent Big 12 source tells the American-Statesman the Texas-OU move to the SEC is almost done. "They've been working on this for a minimum of 6 months, and the A&M leadership was left out of discussions and wasn't told about it." Move could become official in a week.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) July 23, 2021
Texas A&M Not On Board With Texas Joining The SEC
The report of Texas A&M leadership being left out of the discussion is a notable one and based on the school’s reaction to the initial report, it checks out.
Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork fielded questions about Texas and Oklahoma possibly joining the SEC shortly after the news broke and he made it very clear that the Aggies weren’t on board with the move.
“We want to be the only SEC program in the state of Texas,” Bjork said. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12 — to be standalone, to have our own identity.”
How does Texas A&M feel about UT potentially joining the SEC? … Not good. Not good at all.
"We want to be the only SEC program in the state of Texas."
-Ross Bjork, Texas A&M Athletics Director pic.twitter.com/pR17eM9aQK
— Jeff Jones (@JeffJonesSports) July 21, 2021
Bjork also explained that he and fellow SEC athletic directors had not discussed bringing Texas and Oklahoma into the conference. Based on Bohls’ report, every other SEC athletic director may have discussed the possibility, but Bjork and the Aggies were left out of those conversations by design.
You can’t blame Texas A&M for not wanting to see Texas join the SEC. The Aggies thought they escaped the perception of being ‘little brother’ to Texas when they left the Big 12. A&M wanted separation from the Longhorns, and they got it, but they may be forced to start their relationship all over again sooner rather than later.