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Texas and Oklahoma reportedly reach out to the SEC about joining the conference

A look at the SEC logo on the down marker in 2016 during Texas A&M's matchup versus UCLA
Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Not only is there a possibility of the expansion of the College Football Playoff, but now the South Eastern Conference may be making room for two more powerhouse programs.

According to the Houston Chronicle, both Texas and Oklahoma have reportedly “reached out” to the SEC about possibly leaving the Big-12 and joining the other conference. The report stated that the information came from a “high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation”, and that the SEC could announce the acquisition of the Longhorns and Sooners “within a couple of weeks.”

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey declined to comment to reporters about the situation.

Despite the possibility of the realignment happening in just a few weeks, there are still a few hurdles which could prove to be too tall to clear in order for the teams to join their intended conference.

One major issue could come from the SEC bylaws which state that 75 percent of the teams already in conference must be in favor of the teams of the school looking to join.

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork already stated his decision defiantly when speaking to reporters on Wednesday shortly after the news broke.

“We want to be the only SEC program in the state of Texas,” Bjork said. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big-12 — to be standalone, to have our own identity.”

This post will be updated.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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