Texas A&M has announced its intentions to apply for membership in the SEC. The Aggies intend to join the SEC in time for the 2012 season. However, the conference can't stay at 13 teams forever. Which teams could be on Mike Slive's wish list to be team No. 14?
After a lengthy process, Texas A&M has officially said goodbye to the Big 12 and is off to the SEC. The Aggies nearly made the move in the summer of 2010, after Texas and a couple of other Big 12 teams nearly left to create a Pac-16 conference. However, there’s no turning back now: Texas A&M is the 13th member into the SEC.
This isn't the first time college football has gone through major changes.
This article on college football realignment originally appeared in our 1998 college football annual. As the college football landscape continues to go through realignment and the whispers of superconferences are still heard (despite the PAC-12's decision to not expand right now), we can learn about the current state of college football by looking back at its history.
Missouri reportedly has an offer on the table to join the SEC as its 14th member.
The SEC has already unofficially secured Texas A&M from the Big 12 – could Missouri be next? The Kansas City Star is reporting Missouri has been extended an offer to join the SEC. However, the Tigers aren’t ready to act on the offer and are waiting to see what happens with the Big 12.
West Virginia has been turned down by the SEC and ACC for conference membership.
There are still several dominos to fall in college football’s great realignment of 2011, but the picture is starting to clear just a bit. West Virginia has been rumored as a potential candidate for SEC or ACC expansion over the past few weeks, but it appears that talk can quiet down. According to CBSSports.com Brett McMurphy, West Virginia officials have indicated they have been turned down by the SEC and ACC for membership.
With the news Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are inching closer to joining the Pac-12, the writing is on the wall for the death of the Big 12. Some issues need to be worked out, namely how the Longhorn Network will work with the Pac-12's current television plan.
Barring a miracle by commissioner Dan Beebe or the Pac-12 not approving expansion, the Big 12 is finished.
It seems college football is preparing for a major shift in conference realignment very soon. Although the 2011 season is just getting underway, the race is on to get conference affiliation finalized in time for 2012. The first domino is ready to fall, which could spur several teams to change conferences.