Perhaps one of the biggest conference changes in modern college football history is about to happen.
Texas and Oklahoma are expected to begin SEC membership process next week, sources say Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel.
The Longhorns and Sooners have been in communication with the SEC for over a year, Thamel adds. The conference requires at least 11 approval votes from its 14 university presidents to go into overtime.
Texas A&M is the only SEC program publicly opposed to the move to date.
Texas and Oklahoma have yet to officially express their intention to leave the conference to the remaining members, according to David M. Hale of ESPN.
Exiting the Big 12 before the conference media rights expiration in 2025 would each cost Texas and Oklahoma $ 76 million. However, both schools are prepared to wait until rights are exhausted to join the SEC, sources said. Ross Dellnger of Sports Illustrated.
Other conferences – including the ACC – have also done research in Oklahoma and Texas, Thamel reports.
The remaining eight Big 12 schools are starting to work on contingency plans and assess their potential values for further conferences, sources told Bruce Feldman and Sam Khan Jr. of The Athletic. One scenario they recently discussed was a merger of 20 schools with the Pac-12.
Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said on Friday the conference was not actively looking to add more schools, but would not rule out the possibility entirely.
“We would be stupid not to listen if schools call us,” he said, according to ESPN’s Heather Dinich.