On page 15 of the SEC bylaws, under the title of Article 3.1.2 “Membership grant, “says that” Membership may be granted by invitation of the Conference at a meeting of the Executive Directors. The vote of at least three-quarters of the members is required to extend an invitation to become a member. “
With membership now in 14 schools, a 3/4 vote means 11 ‘yes. With the news that Oklahoma and Texas are knocking on Greg Sankey’s door (presumably long before Sankey would have liked it), the SEC commissioner’s mission appears to be to corner those 11 votes and solidify the first point about his legacy. : the creator of the first Super Conference.
Can you do it? Texas A&M, which presumably brought this issue to light by providing a story to Texas A&M hit reporter Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, is a harsh ‘no’ at this point. Athletic director Ross Bjork was at SEC Media Days the day the story was published (coincidence?), And he issued strong statements against Texas joining the SEC.
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But what about the rest of the league?
Here’s a team-by-team look, without the benefit of viewing the television contracts to be determined, of how each school could vote should they have to cast an immediate vote.
Alabama – Do you think Crimson Tide is afraid of Oklahoma and Texas? The more prestige the league has, the better, and when the time comes for Nick Saban to be replaced, he may also be the biggest and best conference boss in the country.
Arkansas – The Razorbacks were delighted to come out of the shadow of Texas (sound familiar?) When he left the Southwestern Conference in 1992. That, however, was 30 years ago. Rekindling that passionate but latent rivalry would shake up the show. Texas will be visiting in September for the first time since 2004 and there is a lot of excitement for that game. It would be a circular event on the calendar every time Horns and Hogs connect.
Florida – From a competitive point of view, Florida may have some doubts. The SEC championships will get even tougher. But from a recruiting perspective, increasing the league’s cache further helps state battles with Miami and Florida State for Florida’s top prospects.
Georgia – See Alabama in regards to the fear factor. Georgia rightly views itself as a national championship contender, and adding Texas and Oklahoma isn’t going to change that. The bulldogs say, bring them.
Kentucky Kentucky doesn’t necessarily need more football hurdles on its rise to prominence, but the fact that it has never reached the SEC championship game in the event’s 29-year history tells us that the Wildcats are not on the doorstep. When it comes to basketball, the UK would welcome Oklahoma and especially Texas, which is finally poised to take off with Chris Beard.
LSU – Another superpower that wouldn’t be particularly concerned about additions. Just two seasons ago, the Tigers beat both Texas and Oklahoma en route to the national championship, so LSU would be happy to have increased recruiting access to neighboring Texas and the additional revenue the Big 12 brings.
Missouri – Surprised to see the Tigers on this list? The Missouri sports department could use the extra money. Unlike Texas A&M, Missouri dropped the Big 12 more out of necessity than any animosity with Texas. Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas A&M were gone. Texas and OU were flirting with the Pac-12. The SEC offered a lifeboat and Missouri jumped on it. If Texas and OU want to come 10 years later and increase revenue, I think the Tigers say yes.
Vanderbilt – It goes without saying that the Commodores are not a win or two away from getting over the hump on the football field. Two more powerhouses joining the SEC won’t change Vanderbilt’s fortunes that much, and if the SEC’s annual check has a chance to grow, why not?
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Chestnut – For Auburn, this is a win-win situation, and the Tigers don’t need two more giants roaming the SEC. Auburn fans are looking forward to national championships or the coach hits the hot seat. It’s not the most realistic outlook, but that’s the way it is in the Plains and the financial benefit would not outweigh the additional strength of the schedule.
Texas A&M – We already know where the Aggies are. It has taken them 10 years to finally reap all the benefits of leaving Texas behind for the SEC. They’re poised to be an elite team at the national level and they don’t need Texas and Oklahoma to steal the thunder on the lone star state recruiting route and give them more hurdles to overcome to win the SEC and possibly the national championship. .
Be miss – The rebels like to win. The NCAA has adjusted your school record for infractions in 10 different seasons, most recently in 2016. Want to bang your head against the Texas-OU wall? Do you want the recruiting target pool in Texas to be narrowed? On the other hand, according to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Ole Miss’s athletics ran a deficit in 2018 and 2019. A larger conference check would be helpful.
State of mississippi – The Bulldogs are another program constantly fighting uphill in rugged SEC West and in no rush to add more blue blood to the schedule. Everything has to go well for the state of Mississippi to win, but there is evidence that it can happen, as Dan Mullen put the Bulldogs in the No. 1 spot in the nation for five glorious weeks in the 2014 season. Sure, the revenue. Additional ones might be good, but MSU is still hopeful that he can be an SEC champion, and it would be easier without Oklahoma and Texas in the neighborhood.
Tennessee – Another show that rightly or wrongly sees itself among the elite of college football nationwide even though it has trouble getting out of its own way. Visions of Peyton Manning and Phil Fulmer and orange confetti still dance in his head. Two more mountains to climb will not speed up the rebuilding process. However, freshman AD Danny White is not afraid to be cheeky, having won a national championship for UCF in 2017 when he was in Orlando. Perhaps I will welcome you to OU and Texas with open arms.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.