Oct 11, 2023
Charlie Hussey – Deputy
Commissioner/COO at the SEC – discusses the history of realignment
in the SEC, and compares the additions of Texas and Oklahoma to the
other two waves of realignment that the conference has seen since
the early '90s.
Adding Arkansas and
South Carolina in 1990 was driven by the desire to expand to 12
teams in order to host a championship football game between the
newly formed 6-team divisions. Then Texas A&M and Missouri were
inbound additions in 2012, having reached out to the conference to
inquire about membership, but doing so separately. Texas and
Oklahomas represented yet another variation, having approached SEC
leadership as a package deal.