Brown: Big 12 alums in Texas legislature will try to block Longhorns from leaving conference


According to a bombshell report from the Houston Chronicle, college football powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about joining their conference, in a move that would drastically alter the game's landscape and create a 16-team mega conference.

Chip Brown of joined The DA Show on Thursday to discuss the surprising news, and whether the schools will actually be able to depart from the Big 12 in the near future.

"I know that Texas didn't want this out, obviously, and their sense is that [SEC school] Texas A&M leaked it to the Houston Chronicle, because the timing is difficult," Brown said. "Oklahoma has Oklahoma State. They've already put out a statement, saying, 'We'll look into this. If it's true, we're going to be gravely disappointed.' The last time we saw significant realignment, back in 2010 and 2011, you had Baylor threatening legal action against schools that were considering leaving.

"And so, I think you can see that again. The state legislature is full of Texas Tech and Baylor lawmakers who have influence, and they'll work actively to try to change minds here. This thing could go in a hundred different directions between now and 2025, when the Big 12 media rights agreement is up."

On Wednesday, Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork commented on the story and made his position clear, telling reporters that, "We want to be the only SEC program in the state of Texas... There's a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12 -- to be standalone, to have our own identity."

Texas and Oklahoma joined the Big 12 back in 1996. Since then, the storied rivals have won a combined 17 conference titles and 24 bowl games.

The 117th Red River Showdown between the Longhorns and Sooners is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Dallas.

The entire football conversation between Brown and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.

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