Texas is in.

That was fast.

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UPDATE:  The Sooners are on board as well.

The die is cast.

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UPDATE #2:  And it’s Jere Morehead who officially welcomes them to the party.

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42 responses to “Texas is in.

  1. originaluglydawg

    For better or for wor$e.

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  2. Ran A

    This going public Sped this up. Narrative the SEC drove all of this pisses me off. Poor performance from the Big 12 with a product not compelling enough to get Fox to ‘up’ the TV package drove this. Oklahoma/Texas approached the SEC – not vice-versa. Apparently approached the ACC as well (believe I read that). Sanky knew they were going somewhere. Sooo… Are they a good fit and an asset? Or do you want the to strengthen another conference that is more of a threat to the SEC?

    Honestly, it was the right decision. Truthfully… He had little choice, if he wanted to keep the dominance that the SEC has enjoyed.

    Bottom-line; they were going somewhere. The Big 12’s Fate was already sealed from poor decisions made in the past, like not supporting an improved gamete decision for Oklahoma/Nebraska.

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    • Russell Goldman

      Let’s just hang tight. A lot can and will happen before 2025. Who knows if we still even call the conference “The SEC”. With so much happening so fast in CFB, we may have a completely different system and conference alignment by then. To me this is just a formal announcement of their intention, the results we prob won’t recognize come 2025.

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  3. miltondawg

    Everything I heard and read yesterday said that both UT and OU were expected to accept the invitation today and at this point it was just a formality.

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  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Good. If the band-aid coming off, just rip it.

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  5. Greg

    Thinks they will have a tough time for the first 3 or 4 years……but also think they will benefit from keeping the Texas HS athlete in-state.

    Guessing they will benefit more than Oklahoma in terms of wins and losses.

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    • stoopnagle

      Given OU is winning 11 games a year, yeah, I’d say so.

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    • theorginaldawgabides

      So, do you think they are really coming, or just posturing for a better deal?

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      • Harold Miller

        Uh yeah they’re coming. They are contractually obligated now.

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      • Greg

        It ain’t over until it’s over. Nothing surprises me anymore. If you believe everything you read, it looks to be imminent…..but will believe it when I see it.

        Kinda like recruiting,.Wake me when it is over.

        Keeps the writers busy though, got to have something talk about.

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  6. stoopnagle

    Texans as a rule are adverse to turning down more money. If it’s on the table, 99.9% of the time they’ll take it then figure out the consequences. LOL.

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  7. Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC is a travesty. Jfc

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  8. Anon

    Welcome to the Show

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  9. miltondawg

    Oklahoma saying that they still want to play Bedlam in all sports after 2025 is like breaking up with your girlfriend and at the same time telling her you still want to hook up.

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    • Leggo5

      Well said. Here’s to hoping that the ex-girlfriend is cool with an annual booty call, cause that game is usually pretty incredible.

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      • Texas Dawg

        UGA-GT
        #FTMF-FSU
        SCjr-CLEMSON
        UK-LOUISVILLE
        IOWA-ISU
        All of these schools seem to find a way to pull off the annual OOC instate rival game.
        No reason OU-OSU can not continue if they really want to make it happen

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        • Also, no reason Texas and A&M couldn’t have been playing for the past 10 years.

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        • miltondawg

          I think that you missed the point. In the span of just over a week, we have gone from the shock and surprise of the college football world and especially other Big XII institutions that the SEC and UT and OU were working on a deal in secret for months and months, the SEC unanimously inviting them, and them accepting the invitation. Of course I would believe that they would play in the future like multiple schools which have big football programs in different conferences. I was more pointing out that doing so in the OU press conference (what…nine or ten days after the news surfaced that SEC was in talks with OU) announcing that they had accepted the SEC’s invitation and were leaving in 25 and also saying that they wanted to continue Bedlam is like breaking up with your girlfriend that depends on you and at the same time telling her you want to hook up from time to time.

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        • Harold Miller

          Iowa v ISU may become and in conference game. The rest may be headed for the scrap heap.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            just curious, what would the Big Ten gain from adding Iowa State to offset each existing school reducing their share of the pie?

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  10. practicaldawg

    I guess it’s no longer the South… oh wait no longer the Eastern… ok I guess it’s just The Conference now.

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    • Hobnail_Boot

      Arkansas has been in the league for almost 30 years. They aren’t southern or eastern.

      I liken “SEC” to “KFC”. Yeah, we know what it stands for but I’m ok if they provide something outside of their original core product line.

      It’s why all of the handwringing about redrawing the divisions along geographic lines is pointless. The ACC actually got it right with “Atlantic” and “Coastal”.

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  11. NotMyCrossToBear

    I just can’t be happy about this.

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  12. Have they tried to move the league offices to Dallas yet? Or the SEC Championship to Jerry World? Because they’re going to try both of those.

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    • tiredofidsearch

      You know they (Texas) will. They have bullied and destroyed every conference they have been associated with.
      Bringing on Okie, cool I can go with that but we should have left Texas to find someone else (I know, I know – they came as package deal and Okie wouldnt have come without Texas. But I’ll bet Texas would throw Okie under the bus in a heartbeat if they saw $$ for doing so).

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      • Harold Miller

        I don’t agree. They are in a conference that will push back now, and doesn’t necessarily need them.

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        • They might not be successful, but as sure as we’re sitting here, they’ll try.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            oh, sure UT will. They have no idea how much bigger a stick Alabama has in the SEC office. T a & M will always align with Alabama against UT. UT will soon find out where it is in the SEC pecking order.

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            • Honestly? I see two massive factions forming. You’re right, A&M will side with Alabama. But LSU and Auburn will split towards Texas. Arkansas and Missouri towards Bama. Etc, etc. Team that have put up with Texas’ bullshit before probably will roll up behind Bama. Teams that are sick of Bama and Birmingham putting their finger on the scale will defer to big, bad Texas.

              No matter what, this ends with everyone turning on each other a f the conference dissolving.

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  13. akascuba

    Keeping the negotiations top secret with not a single leak for 7/8 months until they had the votes needed is the most impressive part for me.

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  14. Bulldawg Bill

    Guys, imagine, if you will, having to play OU, TX, BAMA, along with the usual SEC schedule. Even with an expanded playoff, I see the SEC screwed. YMMV.

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    • Bill, what they see is more slots in the playoff. What I see is more teams that can likely get the 4 slots that the SEC will get every year.

      The real reason this was done was to tell Mickey we want to renegotiate the deal you have already agreed to with the addition of the Oklahoma and Texas brands.

      I watched a little of the SEC Network’s coverage, and Texas fans who called F-bum (I know, I know) are already talking about how they’ll run the place. They don’t get that they’re the reason their conference is falling apart.

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  15. Harold Miller

    Won’t be surprised is this timeline gets moved up, as the next 4 seasons in Austin and Norman are going to be awkward.

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  16. Harold Miller

    So, Iowa St. to the Big Ten? Who wants Kansas basketball? OSU and the rest are likely screwed.

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    • miltondawg

      I don’t see the B1G taking Iowa State. Maybe it happens, but there just isn’t any benefit to the B1G for taking them. They already have the eyeballs in the state having Iowa (yes…I know that Iowa State has fans too). It just doesn’t increase their media footprint in any substantial way. Plus the B1G fancies themselves as flagship research universities with great academics and Iowa State doesn’t add much there (even though academically speaking, Iowa State and Nebraska are on similar footing). I wouldn’t be surprised if the B1G took Kansas if they could find another team to get as well. Football is dreck. But they get basketball and an entire state that they don’t have a market in.

      The interesting one to me is West Virginia. Athletics are pretty good. Academics though aren’t anywhere close to the B1G or ACC (I think that they are near 250th rank in national universities where as the B1G may have all but one school in the top 80 or 90 [Nebraska in like 115] and ACC is the top ranked academic power 5 conference pretty easily). West Virginia is kind of on par with Mississippi State.

      And yes, the rest are probably screwed. Maybe someone like TCU or Baylor can land in the Pac 12.

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  17. gurkhadawg

    The parties involved in the negotiations definitely rival Ned Stark in their ability to keep a secret.

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  18. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    I just the uncomfortable feeling that this is not a good thing for the University of Georgia. If conference realignment results in Georgia being in the same division as Bama, how can that be good for Georgia? We already have Florida to deal with and except for last year (a fluke IMO) are handling the Gators well. But it wasn’t that long ago that the Gators had a 25 year run of mostly domination. Now we are going to add the best team in college football to our division plus those lying cheating bastards from Auburn. Seems like a tougher road just to get into the SECCG to me. And it also looks like it is creating SEC Lite for Texas and OU in the West where they get to dodge Bama, Georgia and Florida in the regular season. The only traditional SEC powerhouse there would be LSU. I know, I know, some would say ATM too, but the Aggies haven’t won anything since becoming a member of the SEC. It looks like we would be creating a division just for Texas and Ou, sort of like what they had in the Big 12 where the winner of the Red River game wins the West. And the cinference loses LSU-Bama as an every year game—one of the premier games in CFB. I don’t know what effect this is going to have ultimately and that concerns me. Doctrine of unintended consequences peeps.

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