Report: Texas, Oklahoma reach out to SEC to join conference
Texas and Oklahoma could bring the Red River Rivalry to the Southeastern Conference.
The two Big 12 schools have reached out to the SEC to join the league, according to a Houston Chronicle report on Wednesday that cited a "high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation."
The Chronicle also reported that an announcement could come within the next couple weeks.
It has been nine years since Texas A&M and Missouri moved from the Big 12 to the SEC in 2012, pushing the conference to 14 schools. It was the first expansion of the league since 1992.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, in Hoover, Alabama, during SEC Media Days, told CBS Sports on Wednesday that he had "no comment on the speculation."
“Speculation always swirls around collegiate athletics," a University of Texas spokesman said in a statement to the Austin American-Statesman. "We will not address rumors or speculation.”
Oklahoma also responded to the re in a statement: "The college athletics landscape is shifting constantly. We don't address every rumor."
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, on the podium for SEC Media Days later Wednesday, answered a question about the report with a smile, a joke and a shrug.
"I bet they would," Fisher said, chuckling. "I don't know. I'm just worried about A&M."
"We've got the greatest league in ball."
Texas A&M athletics director Ross Bjork, moments before Fisher spoke on Wednesday, told Sports Illustrated that he had no knowledge of any talks between the SEC and either Texas or Oklahoma.
“We want to be the only SEC team from the state of Texas," Bjork told SI.
This story will be updated.