Big 12 powers Texas, Oklahoma inquire about joining SEC in potentially massive realignment shakeup
With College Football Playoff expansion coming and the sport as a whole undergoing radical change, another round of conference realignment may be on the horizon. Texas and Oklahoma have both reached out to the SEC about joining the league should the two Big 12 powerhouses choose to leave their home conference.
Citing "a high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation," the Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman first reported that the SEC could announce the additions of the Longhorns and Sooners "within a couple of weeks." CBS Sports can confirm that at least Texas has inquired with the SEC about admission into the nation's most powerful conference.
"There is way too much smoke at this point," one Big 12 source tells CBS Sports.
The Longhorns are soon expected to inform the Big 12 that they do not plan to extend their grant of media rights deal with the conference, according to Stadium's Brett McMurphy, who also reports that there is mutual interest about having Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC. The Big 12's grant of rights agreement expires in 2025.
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