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Sources: Texas and Oklahoma in talks with SEC about joining conference

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Texas and Oklahoma have been in talks with the Southeastern Conference regarding joining the 14-team league, Inside Texas sources can confirm.

The talks were first made public by Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.

Texas has been a member of the Big 12 since the Southwest Conference folded in 1996. Oklahoma was a member of the Big 12’s precursor, the Big 8, beginning in 1919. Four teams from the SWC — Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas Tech — joined the Big 8 schools to form the Big 12 beginning in 1996.

Realignment has been a hot topic for most of the past decade. Texas flirted with several destinations in the early 2010s before ultimately electing to remain in the Big 12.

Texas A&M, Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado all exited the Big 12 with all four out by the 2012 football season. In their place arrived TCU and West Virginia.

The oft-discussed date for realignment for Big 12 members has been 2025, when the conference’s grant of rights expires. But based on what Inside Texas has learned, the day of realignment reckoning could arrive much earlier.

More details on the Inside Texas Members board.

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