How quickly will Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC? Paul Finebaum shares his opinion
How soon will Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC?
That’s the big question looming over the expansion of those two programs to the SEC, and for the time being, all parties involved are sticking to the same story — the Longhorns and Sooners are officially joining the SEC on July 1, 2025.
That’s currently how long Texas and Oklahoma are contractually obligated to stay in the Big 12 but who knows if that league will even survive to exist by that point.
During a recent appearance on McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning, Paul Finebaum was asked to share his thoughts on when Oklahoma and Texas would be joining the SEC.
“Yeah, I think it really, it all comes down to the Big 12. And yeah, I mean, I don’t really fault Bob Bowlsby for his whining, he’s positioning, he’s overdone it, and I don’t think he’ll continue to do it, because nobody really wants to hear a whiner,” Finebaum said on the show. “But what he’s really doing is positioning himself for a negotiation with ESPN. And I think that’s where this is going to be driven.
“At some point, the CFP situation will settle down. Remember the CBS contract will be unwound — these are my opinions, obviously, I don’t know what’s going on where I work. And, I think once all this starts to happen, and then you start seeing musical chairs, it gets easier. Once the Big 12 figures out his path to the future, we will either see Texas and Oklahoma remain or bailout. And all these state legislators, I mean, they’ll have a million other problems to worry about in a year or two, that will far outweigh this situation.
“I still think it happens sooner but it’s impossible to tell that until everything else clears up.”