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Oklahoma and Texas are reportedly interested in joining the SEC. Should we be surprised? No, but a possible move spells disaster. (Photo Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

Oklahoma and Texas Could Join the SEC and That Would Spell Disaster

Just a few months ago, the world of soccer stood with bated breath at the thought of a possible super league forming between the best and most profitable teams in Europe. Now it appears that a super conference could be forming in the heart of football country as both Oklahoma and Texas have considered joining the SEC. Let’s pull no punches, this is a television rights and money thing through and through, and like college basketball expert Kevin Sweeney said:

“Media rights rule college sports. Therefore, football rules college sports. And everyone involved will keep trying to get the biggest piece of the pie.”

VIA Kevin Sweeney/Twitter @CBB_Central

Oklahoma and Texas are the two of the biggest staples in college football, and while the latter has dropped in form during the last decade, lest we forget that they have their own television network – Longhorn Network – devoted to broadcasting their past games and current ones. That’s a lot of money up in the air, and when you consider that the SEC owns college football outside of maybe Clemson and Ohio State, the moves make sense.

But just because the move makes sense doesn’t mean it can’t be disastrous. If the Sooners and Longhorns officially maneuver their way into the SEC, we will have to consider the thought of Clemson and others also joining. This would not only create a “super conference,” but also call into question what non-football schools will do (i.e., Duke, Kentucky, Kansas.) Logistically, I don’t know what a super conference would look like, but as we near the possible expansion of the College Football Playoffit’s a controversial move anyway – we could see 4 or more SEC members in the CFP if the Sooners and Longhorns join the conference. That’s the very thing the NCAA and the people were likely trying to avoid.

Yet here we sit, nearing a new world order in college football, and the SEC is at the heart of it. We’ll have to wait and see if Oklahoma and Texas join the fold in the SEC and what kind of path that may create for others. The SEC did not deny the rumors, and in the conference where “it just means more,” should we really be surprised that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey can only see dollar signs? Time will tell.


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