UT Longhorns and Oklahoma Looking to Leave the Big 12 Conference
Two schools who are big time players in the Big 12 Conference say they are considering leaving.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Longhorns and Sooners have been in talks with the SEC to leave the Big 12.
This would give the SEC 16 schools in their conference while whittling the Big 12 down to 8 making it possible for the University of Houston to join the Big 12 which they have been looking at doing since the Southwest Conference ceased to exist in 1996.
The SEC increasing to 16 members would then cause the ACC, Pac-12, and Big 10 to all possibly look at increasing to 16 also.
If the Longhorns and Sooners join the SEC, they would be following former Big 12 schools Texas A&M and Missouri in leaving the conference they have been in from its inception to join the more competitive Southeastern Conference.
This would cause quite a shake up in college football, but it would rekindle the once heated rivalry between the Longhorns and Aggies who have not played each other since 2011.
But don't get your hopes up for such a rivalry reunion just yet, for anyone to join the SEC, they have to be agreed on by 3/4 of a vote by the current schools in the conference and the Aggies seem like they are not all that excited about letting the Longhorns into their conference.
“We want to be the only SEC team from the state of Texas,” A&M athletic director Ross Bjork told reporters at SEC Media Days. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12 — to be stand alone, to have our own identity, and that’s our feeling.”
The announcement could happen within the next two weeks.