Are varsity sports ready for another major conference shake-up?

Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday that Texas and Oklahoma have contacted the SEC to join this conference.

Zwerneman says an announcement could come in the coming weeks regarding schools of power joining the powerful conference.

There has been talk for years about Texas and / or Oklahoma potentially joining other conferences. In 2010, the two schools considered joining the Pac-12. It was around this time that Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten. Missouri and Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC, while Colorado left the conference for the Pac-12.

Texas stuck with the Big 12 while creating the Longhorn Network television channel. The Big 12 ended up adding TCU and West Virginia and went from 12 to 10 teams.

If the SEC added Texas and Oklahoma, that would drop from 14 schools to 16 while adding to the strongest athletic conference in the country. The Longhorn Network could be at risk if Texas joins the SEC, which already owns the SEC Network. It’s also unclear whether current SEC members would approve the additions.