Texas, Oklahoma in talks to potentially leave Big 12 and join SEC: report

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Former LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson (2) after making a catch in the second half against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Photo credit Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of vaunted Big 12 teams could soon find a new home in the Southeastern Conference.

Both Texas and Oklahoma have reportedly reached out to the SEC about possibly joining the league, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.

John P. Lopez of SportsRadio 610 confirmed Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC has "a lot of momentum."

Texas administrators approached the SEC and it was discussed at length at the last SEC meetings, according to Lopez's source.

The Longhorns have had more than one meeting with SEC officials and the last meeting with the SEC's highest ranking officials helped the idea gain more traction, the source said.

For the SEC, this move is intriguing because of the expanded footprint in two of college football's largest markets -- Houston and Dallas.

One of the major factors for Texas and OU was the expanding presence of the Name, Image and Likeness ruling, which allows college athletes to make money through marketing and endorsements. The feeling is that the SEC has the most attractive market presence for players to make money.

Texas A&M's national recruiting success is also a factor in the Longhorns' and Sooners' interest, the source said.

"They (Texas/OU) know the Big 12 never is going to last," the source said.

If such a move were to happen, it'd leave the Big 12 with just eight member schools and likely looking for new additions. Both Missouri and Texas A&M previously made the jump from the Big 12, which was founded in 1994, and are currently in the SEC.

Nebraska had previously left the Big 12 for the Big Ten, while Colorado left to join the Pac-12. Those programs were replaced by TCU and West Virginia.

Should either of Texas or Oklahoma join the SEC, currently with 14 member schools, it'd mark yet another pair of established programs in a league that already features the past two College Football Playoff champions in Alabama and LSU. Oklahoma has been a mainstay in the CFP semifinal round, qualifying four separate times, but has yet to win and advance to the title game.

The potential logistics have not been specified, but a decision is expected within weeks, according to the Houston Chronicle report.