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Could Oklahoma’s NCAA Issues Take Sooners Off SEC Radar?

In recent years, the SEC had done much to change its reputation as being a cheaters’ paradise.  Just a couple of years ago the only SEC program in NCAA hot water was Arkansas’ track team and, let’s face it, ESPN doesn’t dedicate a whole lot of airtime to track scandals.

But in the past 12 months all the progress once made has been erased.  The SEC is back to being the World of Outlaws.  So knowing that their league is rightly or wrongly viewed as the dirtiest league in the country, would SEC presidents still eye Oklahoma if expansion push comes to shove in the near future?

Last summer, Mike Slive watched the Big 12 teeter on the verge of extinction and worked to provide a cushy landing spot for Texas A&M and Oklahoma.  If that league were to implode today — and we think it’ll still take a while to cave in on itself — A&M would still be at the top of the SEC’s wish list.

The school would bring massive Texas television markets (which would please the SEC’s TV partners and drive up league revenue).  It would provide an inroad to fertile Texas recruiting ground.  And the Aggies have the facilities, budget and passionate fan support to fit right into the SEC family.

Oklahoma?  Well, they’re a name.  Tulsa and Oklahoma City aren’t big TV markets and Oklahoma isn’t a particularly rich recruiting zone.  The school would not bring the academic clout of, say, a Virginia or Georgia Tech to the East, either.

Their athletics, however, are excellent.  Oklahoma is a national brand.  Bring in Oklahoma and you bring in one of the top programs in the United States.  Except for one thing.

In case you missed it, the Sooners were back in the news yesterday falling on their swords before the NCAA.  In the past few seasons both basketball and football have run afoul of the rulebook, but this time it was once again the hoops program.  As The Tulsa World states:

“Because the latest infractions occurred within a five-year period of the Bomar/Big Red case, OU was subject to NCAA ‘repeat violator’ penalties.  Those include a one- to two-year suspension of the institution’s offending sport, in which games, coaching activities and scholarships are basically frozen.”

Layman’s terms: OU could face the death penalty in basketball.  While not likely to get hit with such a serious penalty, it should make Slive and the SEC presidents wonder just what kind of trouble the Sooners could get into if they break the rules yet again moving forward.

Not only would snarky columnists be able to write “Outlaw League Adds Another OUtlaw program,” but the Sooners could actually be weakened by NCAA sanctions.  If they join the SEC in the next three or four years and break the rules again, they could conceivably be devastated by NCAA penalties.

If the top reason for grabbing Oklahoma is Sooner athletics and Sooner athletics could be damaged…

We’re looking 15 steps down the road, of course, as the Big 12 continues to put on a semi-happy face for the national media.  But if things once again get froggy on the expansion front, one has to wonder if Oklahoma — with all its current baggage — would still be the SEC’s first choice to join Texas A&M on the league’s invitation list.

 


13 comments
ewe sooners
ewe sooners

just be honest with the mighty sooners in your conf. most of these so call power house teams would not go undefeated would they. just to konw that the sonners are in your conf. is terrifying. u think

ewe. sooners
ewe. sooners

if u hate oklahoma from the start does it really matter check this since 2000 til now how many teams from sec acc pac10 pac 12 had to go head up with okla. to win championships and how many of those teams played. in the championship game more than twice now true enough they only won in 2000. no teams from sec r acc r pac12 r paqc10 played in the championship game. so respect the players ou hate the game. so check yourself domb donkeys. half of these so call power house conf. wont putt oklahoma are big 12 teams on there list of teams to be played every year. whats up with that , sec acc pac12 pac10 dont be scare of those oklahoma sooners. chomps/ we will sooner go anywhere anytime

siggy
siggy

Remember that when the dominos start to fall, the better conferences don't want to be left picking up the scraps. Teams will go where they can as quickly as possible. The big 12 cannot stay together with the unfair revenue and LHN doing what it is now. As the PAC, BIG and SEC see tailspinning out of control, they will get who they want before the downfall.

IM4UAINVA
IM4UAINVA

I think what the article is saying that the SEC already has enough issues, in regard to the NCAA looking at a number of programs, as to where the SEC really doesn't need to add more fuel ot the fire. OU has a great program and any conference would/should be proud to have OU as a member. At this point in time...maybe the SEC should get their current problems taken care of before adding potentially more. I hate that OU may be having issues that could preclude them being invited to join the SEC, but I hate it more that the SEC is having issues to begin with.

JDT
JDT

It's a total joke that someone from the SEC would point out cheating in another league. If Oklahoma joined the SEC they would need to let there compliance department go, there would no longer be any need for them.

Bill
Bill

Really stupid article. SEC wouldn't take OU, but the Pac-12 would be happy to given recent articles I have read. Georgia Tech or Virginia instead of Oklahoma?!?!?!? ROFL

Bob
Bob

That is the dumbest article I have read in a long time. Any conference would jump at adding Oklahoma. Your acting like none of the teams in the SEC have been in trouble in the last 10 years, but almost half of them have.

Roger
Roger

Let's hope so, we are known as the SOUTHEASTERN Conference last time I checked. Go after FSU and/or Clemson if anybody.

Guest
Guest

Having lived in Oklahoma for over 10 years, the SEC cannot take OU without OSU and who wants OSU. Missouri would be a better fit and it would bring the Kansas City and St. Louis television markets as well.

Rob
Rob

Oh c'mon! Oklahoma's known to be one of the biggest cheaters in the game. When it comes to cheating, Oklahoma would blend right in with the best in the SEC. Have you forgotten Switzer? Or that 40% of the teams in today's Big-XII came from a conference that was destroyed by NCAA infractions? If you're an Oklahoma fan, then you're a hypocrite for suggesting that Oklahoma, or the Big-XII, has a viable claim to having more integrity than the SEC and it's teams.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Bob...

Uh, no, I think I state pretty clearly that any possible loss of SEC interest in OU WOULD BE DIRECTLY TIED to the SEC's recent problems. See paragraphs 2 and 10.

But thanks for -- um -- "reading" the article.

John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Roger...

This is about business. SOUTHEASTERN is a name adopted in the early 20th century. Arkansas isn't a whole lot more Southeastern than Oklahoma if you check a map. And Mike Slive spoke to Oklahoma last year.

In this day and age, the only way a map comes into play in expansion and realignment is to discuss "expanding the footprint" of a conference. In other words, to make more money you don't just expand internally, you do so externally.

That's why the Big Ten and Pac-12 wooed Texas, why the SEC wooed Texas A&M, and why Marquette, DePaul, Notre Dame and TCU are all members of a league called the Big East.

Thanks for reading the site,
John

Leatherneck
Leatherneck

Oh for crying out loud! Are you serious? You gotta go back to the 80's to the Switzer era? Check your calendar pal....Stoops runs one of the cleanest programs in the country. He has repeatedly called for crackdowns not only on players but on COACHES who are caught cheating. He has repeatedly demonstrated he won't tolerate that stuff - just ask Rhett Bomer or Josh Jarboe. Your argument is pathetic and your credibility, after a comment like that, nonexistent!

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