A source told Sporting News on Wednesday that both Texas A&M and Oklahoma are so concerned about rival Texas gaining a recruiting advantage with the newly formed Longhorn Network, the two institutions could turn to the SEC if the problems can’t be figured out. The core issue: The Longhorn Network will televise live high school football games in the state of Texas, an obvious recruiting advantage for Texas.
And this from CFT:
Texas A&M’s Board of Regents was already set to meet this Thursday and Friday to discuss a variety of topics. Now, they’ll add a closed-door session to discuss the specifics of Texas’ Longhorn Network, set to launch next month.Everybody that was happy that realignment of college football ended last year will not be happy with this news. And I also can see a couple of more years of realignment. And all the conference commissioners and school officials can lie about the reasons that they are doing this, but it is all about the money. That is the reason that all these conferences are trying to get 12 teams. That money that comes with a conference championship game. Expansion also allows for the conferences to renegotiate their TV deals, and you know that the $2 Billion that the SEC has signed for in TV revenue will go up if the SEC does allow Oklahoma and Texas A&M into the conference.
A source close to the situation told the Houston Chronicle that the agenda item has been named “Big 12 Conference“.
A couple of predictions: The WAC will be eliminated as a conference. The Big East will stop being a football conference. The Pac-12 will become the PAC-16 with Texas, Texas Tech, Boise State, and either Baylor or Houston. The Big 12 will no longer be a conference. The Big 10 will expand to 14 teams. The ACC and MWC will also expand.