The SEC is stronger by getting Texas and Oklahoma a 12 months early

Jerrin Thompson of the Texas Longhorns takes the field during the Valero Alamo Bowl against the Washington Huskies.

Jerrin Thompson of the Texas Longhorns takes the sector all by way of the Valero Alamo Bowl in the direction of the Washington Huskies.
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The 14-group Southeastern convention has but one extra 12 months on the open circuit. The baker’s dozen plus one quantity of full-time members lasted 12 years, when Texas A&M and Missouri departed the massive 12 for the SEC. outdated habits are laborious to interrupt and as a substitute of poaching faculties that already felt like outsiders of their very personal convention, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey oversaw the inclusion of the massive 12’s two strongest manufacturers, Texas and Oklahoma, to convey his league to sixteen teams starting in 2024.

That’s proper, as a substitute of ready 4 years like initially agreed upon two summers in the past, the Sooners and Longhorns will come to the SEC subsequent 12 months. That’s so quick, however actually, who anticipated them to maintain in a league with secondary firepower? These strikes are all about soccer and have a look on the nationwide championship recreation for proof if you happen to doubt how a lot further forward of the massive 12 the SEC at the second is. And that distance is in all likelihood going solely to develop. Nothing says the prolonged-time period well being of a convention in its biggest sport to have 4 additions and none come from utterly different vitality 5 Conferences. have you ever learnt how badly it is most interesting to want out of a convention to forego $50 million every? With the SEC’s anticipated yearly payouts to varsities anticipated to carry to close to $70 million with its new tv deal, that value ticket is oddly chump change to these faculties and a vital expense.

A sixteen-group FBS convention is uncharted territory, particularly with the probably nationwide champion amongst them. think about in the event that they’re ready to safe Clemson and Florida State inside the approaching years. The SEC might separate and start its personal playoff. How the convention shall be break up into divisions, what quantity of convention video games every group will play, and what assured matchups we’ll see yearly are nonetheless unknown. Let’s be exact, there’s no interplay of the prolonged time period SEC the place the Iron Bowl and pink River Showdown don’t happen yearly. When the addition of Texas and Oklahoma was initially reported, immediately inside the midst of SEC Media Days, the place it went from bullshit rumor dismissed by Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork, to accepted actuality later that night, hypothesis ran rampant as to how the convention would reshuffle. whether or not it’s 4 pods of 4, including Oklahoma and Texas individually to the SEC East and West, or a complete reimagining of the two-eight group divisions, every has its professionals and cons to how the prolonged time period most interesting convention in soccer, and most sports activities, is normal.

Geography be damned in new look conferences

the flexibility shift that comes collectively with Texas and Oklahoma shifting to the SEC, alongside USC and UCLA shifting to the massive Ten, gives a clear prime two inside the flexibility 5 convention system. Geography is about to be damned in school athletics. the massive 12’s addition of West Virginia signaled that a decade in the past, however that’s going to look tame in contrast with a midweek volleyball journey from la to New Brunswick, New Jersey. The closest journey for UCLA and USC, past every utterly different, can be to Lincoln, Nebraska. i assume a lot of airline miles shall be utilized by somebody in these athletic departments.

Oklahoma and Texas switching conferences one 12 months earlier don’t appear to be it ought to change a bunch in school athletics by having utterly different affiliations for 12 months. That considering can be flawed. for event, the SEC would declare any championship the duo wins. Jocelyn Alo would’ve been hitting residence runs on the ladies’s school World sequence for an SEC school, not one from the massive 12. That thrilling September Alabama-Texas soccer recreation would’ve had added drama as a end result of it might’ve been a convention matchup. And whereas Texas and Oklahoma didn’t come shut to worthwhile a convention championship this season, which doesn’t bode effectively for worthwhile one in a greater, deeper league, massive 12 sports activities with out video games in Austin and Norman shall be odd in a strategy Columbia, Missouri and school Station, Texas don’t evaluate. dropping these manufacturers was strong, however not irreplaceable. The departure of Oklahoma and Texas will both be the start of the tip of the massive 12, or an limitless blessing in disguise. We simply get to look at the fundamental a ingredient of no matter that journey is 12 months sooner. and that i’m eager to wager the Sooners and Longhorns gained’t be the final to leap ship. 

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