On page 15 of the SEC Constitution, under the heading of Article 3.1.2 “Granting of Membership”, it says that “Membership may be granted by invitation of the Conference at a meeting. meeting of directors general. A vote of at least three-quarters of the members are required to issue an invitation to become a member. “
With the membership now spread across 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), the SEC commissioner’s mission appears to be to collect those 11 votes and solidify the first point. on his legacy: the creator of the first Super Conference.
Will he be able to do it? Texas A&M, who presumably shed light on this issue by providing a story to the Houston Chronicle’s Texas A&M beat reporter Brent Zwerneman, is a tough ‘no’ at the moment. Athletic Director Ross Bjork was at SEC Media Days on the day the story (coincidence?) Was released, and 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 seeing TV contracts to be determined, of how each school might vote if they were to vote immediately.
Alabama – Do you think the Crimson Tide is afraid of Oklahoma and Texas? The more prestige the league gets, the better, and when the time comes to replace Nick Saban, you might as well be the boss of the biggest and best conference in the country.
Arkansas – The Razorbacks were thrilled to emerge from the shadows of Texas (sounds familiar?) When they left the Southwestern Conference in 1992. However, that was 30 years ago. Rekindling this passionate but dormant rivalry would give the program a boost. Texas are visiting in September for the first time since 2004 and there is a lot of buzz for this game. It would be a looping event every time the Horns and Hogs go online.
Florida – From a competitive point of view, Florida can be hesitant. The SEC championships will get even more difficult. But from a recruiting standpoint, increasing the league’s cache even more helps in-state battles with Miami and Florida State for Florida’s top prospects.
Georgia – See Alabama regarding the fear factor. Georgia rightly sees itself as a national championship contender, and the addition of Texas and Oklahoma isn’t going to change that. Bulldogs say, bring them on.
Kentucky – Kentucky doesn’t necessarily need more football hurdles to achieve relevance, but the fact that they’ve never reached the SEC Championship game in the event’s 29-year history tells us that the Wildcats are not at the door. In terms of hoops, the United Kingdom would welcome Oklahoma and especially Texas, which is finally ready to take off under Chris Beard.
LSU – Another superpower that wouldn’t be particularly concerned with the additions. Just two seasons ago, the Tigers beat Texas and Oklahoma on their way to the national championship, so LSU would be happy to have increased access to recruiting in neighboring Texas and additional income than the Big Two of the Big 12 bring.
Missouri – Surprised to see the Tigers on this list? The Missouri Sports Department could use the extra money. Unlike Texas A&M, Missouri left the Big 12 more out of necessity than out of animosity with Texas. Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas A&M were all 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 down the road and increase their income, I think the Tigers are saying yes.
Vanderbilt – Needless to say, the Commodores aren’t one or two wins after getting over the bump on the football field. Two more powerhouses joining the SEC won’t change Vanderbilt’s fortunes much, and if the SEC’s annual check has any chance of increasing, why not?
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Auburn – For Auburn, this is a win-lose situation, and the Tigers don’t need two more behemoths roaming the SEC. Auburn fans expect national championships where the coach hits the spotlight. It’s not the most realistic prospect, but it is like that in the Plains and the financial benefit wouldn’t outweigh the added strength of the schedule.
Texas A&M – We already know where the Aggies are. It took them 10 years to finally reap the full benefits of Texas’ abandonment to the SEC. They’re ready to be an elite team nationwide and don’t need Texas and Oklahoma to steal their thunder on the recruiting trail in Lone Star State and give them more obstacles to overcome. to win the SEC and possibly the national championship.
Ole Miss – Rebels like to win. The school has seen its NCAA-adjusted record for violations over 10 different seasons, most recently in 2016. Do they want to bang their heads against the Texas-OU wall? Do they want the Texas recruiting target pool to shrink? On the flip side, according to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Ole Miss athletics ran on a deficit in 2018 and 2019. A larger conference check would help.
Mississippi State – The Bulldogs are another program that is constantly fighting uphill in the rugged SEC West and is in no rush to add more blue blood to the program. Everything has to go well for Mississippi State to win, but there is evidence that it can happen, as Dan Mullen ranked the Bulldogs number one in the country for five glorious weeks in the 2014 season. The extra income could be nice, but MSU still hopes he can be an SEC champion, and it would be easier without Oklahoma and Texas in the neighborhood.
Tennessee – Another program which, rightly or wrongly, is positioned in the elite of college football at the national level even if it is struggling to get by. 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. Freshman AD Danny White isn’t afraid to be brash, however, claiming a national championship for UCF in 2017 while in Orlando. Maybe he welcomes OU and Texas with open arms.