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Oklahoma and Texas Are No Shows to Big 12 League Call

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The “Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC” whispers are starting to sound more and more like someone talking with an inside voice.

With a 5 p.m. CT call scheduled among all Big 12 ADs and CEOs, the only two contingencies missing were, you guessed it, Oklahoma and Texas.

Yahoo Sports‘ Pete Thamel, Sports Illustrated‘s Ross Dellenger and The Athletic‘s Nicole Auerbach all echoed McMurphy’s sentiments, painting a picture that looks more and more like Oklahoma and Texas’s overtures toward the SEC are legitimate.

With signs pointing toward Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, where does that leave West Virginia?

It would take a vote among SEC schools to accept Oklahoma and Texas, and with Texas A&M and Missouri (likely) not keen to welcome two old foes, there’s a chance the move would break down. However, with the financial implications of both Big 12 schools in the SEC, it’s likely something has to give. A story from Thamel regarding prior SEC restructuring highlights the power of the dollar.

If the Big 12 were to attempt to poach from the American Athletic Conference or Pac 12 for new members, would that keep the Big 12 around? Arizona, Arizona State, Houston, UCF, Cincinnati and others would certainly receive looks, but even then, would that work? And would WVU want to stay?

There’s more to come as more information breaks today and in the days to come.

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Chris

If the other conferences had any sense (which they don’t), they’d tell the SEC and ESPN to go F themselves. The playoff has been a disaster. Fans don’t want to see the same two or three teams playing for the championship every year. But now ESPN is going to get their wet dreams of all wet dreams: an all-SEC playoff. This is going to have a negative impact on even the elites like tO$U and Clemson. The entire SEC is going to be in the top 25, so you’re going to have situations where a three loss Florida will get in over an undefeated tO$U because Florida will have played nine “Top 25” teams. I’m being a bit hyperbolic, but that’s not far off from what it will be.

The other schools should tell the SEC to go pound sand and start their own thing. After about four or five straight years of LSU vs Bama for the title, ratings will be in the toilet. 80 schools could go together and form eight ten-team conferences. Have an eight team playoff made up of the champions of each conference. This would be vastly more entertaining than what we have now. Pitch it to Netflix and Prime. TV markets are meaningless at this point.

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