Sport Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC? What that would look like, and who would love (and hate) it
A 16-team SEC would need at least $134 million more central revenue annually, with ESPN likely throwing in most of that
With Texas and Oklahoma reportedly close to joining the SEC, and discussions of ESPN’s role in making this happen and the benefits they could see from it, it’s worth looking at why they might make that move and why the SEC (barring Texas A&M, which appears likely to vote no) would be willing to accept Read more The post A 16-team SEC would need at least $134 million more central revenue annually, with ESPN likely throwing in most of that appeared first on Awful Announcing.
You can't spell superconference without "S-E-C.”
The Houston Chronicle spiced up this week's conference media days with a report thatto the Southeastern Conference about joining it.
The Longhorns and Sooners issuedbut no denials. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey . Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork , and the idea still seems like a long shot given the ramifications for entities ranging from The Longhorn Network to the College Football Playoff.
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Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC nearly a decade ago with plans to become the dominant athletic program in its state. So much for that. On the night of Sept. 7, 2012, Texas A&M officials hosted Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive for a lavish dinner in an on-campus reception hall. The occasion: the Aggies would play their first football game as an SEC member the next day. I had accompanied Slive on this trip for an all-access story, but was politely kicked to the curb when it was time for him to dine with the A&M power brokers.
Still, it's realignment talk involving two of college football's biggest brands, and we have been. Why not fantasize for a few minutes?
What would an SEC superconference potentially look like? Who would be all for it? Who would fight it? Sporting News examines:
What might SEC realignment look like?
Let's say Texas and Oklahoma join the conference. How would that change the divisions?
Here is a hypothetical guess based on geography:
- Ole Miss
- Mississippi State
- Texas A&M
- South Carolina
Seven of the eight schools are charter members of the SEC, with South Carolina the most recent addition in 1991. This would be the most competitive division in college football, perhaps at any level. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida were in, and Tennessee just missed the cut.
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Who would love it?
Oklahoma and Texas
Oklahoma has won the last four Big 12 championship games and still has not won a College Football Playoff game. The Sooners would get a chance to prove it every year against a conference it is 0-5 against in BCS championship games and CFP semifinals. Could Texas fold The Longhorn Network into the SEC Network? The Longhorns would also benefit from a spotlight that stretches past the Big 12. The recruiting benefits are obvious.
The idea of a superconference has been discussed for years, and the three biggest puzzle pieces have been Oklahoma, Texas and Notre Dame. If the SEC expands to 16 teams, then the scramble would be on for the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 to also move to 16 teams. At that point, there would be 64 teams in four conferences and a format that resembles the NCAA men's basketball tournament before the playoff even starts. This would provide more traction for the idea of the Power 5 — or Super 4 — breaking away from the Group of 5.
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Open-minded SEC fans
The geographical model is only one form of realignment. Would the SEC split into four pods of four teams instead? Which rivalries would be lost on an annual basis? Divisional realignment has been a topic of conversation in the SEC without Oklahoma and Texas joining the conference. Would SEC fans be open to those changes?
Who would hate it?
The Aggies relish being the lone SEC team in the state of Texas, and coach Jimbo Fisher has the program on the outskirts of the College Football Playoff discussion. Would the Aggies be agreeable to reuniting with the Sooners and Longhorns? "Be careful what you ask for when you join this league," Fisher said Wednesday on "The Paul Finebaum Show."
"Be careful what you ask for if you jump in this league..."
-Jimbo Fisher with some early reaction to reports that Texas & Oklahoma could be looking to join the SEC— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum)
Texas A&M isn't the only SEC school that used to play with Oklahoma and Texas that wouldn't be in favor of the move.
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I'm told Texas A&M and Missouri would be a hard no. Only 2 more needed to block an invitation to Texas, OU.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls)
Everyone else in the Big 12
This would be catastrophic for the Big 12, and Oklahoma State is one of the schools that issued a strong statement about the Chronicle's report. Per Associated Press college football writer Ralph Russo:
Oklahoma State with an assertive statement.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP)
And what about the College Football Playoff? Conference commissioners just formulated the most inclusive playoff plan yet, one that made room for all the major conferences and the Group of 5. How would the super-conference push mesh with the 12-team playoff plan?
"We don't need Texas and Oklahoma." You can hear fans from each of the 14 SEC schools saying that in their own special way. The SEC remains the dominant conference in college football, one that generates the most revenue and has won 13 national championships since the Bowl Championship Series started. The regional pride is second to none. Would the schools be willing to bring in the Sooners, the Longhorns and all that brand power while making concessions to the traditional schedule? That is a stretch.
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