As if college football’s playoff expansion and rights to name, image and likeness weren’t enough to turn the sport upside down, another round of conference realignment appears to be on the horizon. Texas and Oklahoma intend to announce their decision to leave the Big 12 in favor of a move to the SEC in the next “24 to 28 hours,” sources told CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd.
Quoting “a senior official of the college knowing the situation”, the Houston Chronicle Brent Zwerneman was the first to report Wednesday that the SEC may announce the Longhorns and Sooners additions “within a few weeks.”
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, along with officials from Texas and Oklahoma, all declined to comment on the initial reports, but there has been no outside denial. The smoke only grows exponentially with each passing hour. This despite resistance from some tangential parties, namely Texas A&M (not wanting another Lone Star State team in the SEC) and Oklahoma State (not wanting to be left alone in the Big 12).
The additions of Texas and Oklahoma would make the SEC the first 16-team superconference while simultaneously adding massive branding power to a league already considered to be the best in college sport. Whether these programs are leaving now or leaving for the SEC in particular, their departure from the Big 12 seems inevitable. CBS Sports will continue to cover this developing story with live updates below.