Many people were scratching their heads at the decision, as Oklahoma typically gets pummeled by SEC schools in the College Football Playoff, and Texas hasn’t even been really relevant in the Big-12 in the past decade.
Not to mention that basically takes away the so-called “elite” football programs the Big-12 has to offer.
Tons of analysts and fans gave their 10 cents worth on the idea, both good and bad (typically bad), and now, Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier has given his opinion on it.
Now I’ll be the first to say, as a Clemson fan, I hated every bit of Spurrier, as he was Clemson’s rival South Carolina’s head football coach for a long period of time.
However, if there is one thing you gotta respect about the man, he’ll always tell it like it is. Even if it’s the cold hard truth. This is what he had to say on Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel:
“I can understand Texas jumping over. They get to play Texas A&M again. They get to… they can’t win the Big-12 anyway. I think they’re only won two in the last 30 years or so. What is it?”
“I’m sort of surprised Oklahoma. I just don’t think they’re going to come over to the SEC and win with any regularity the way that they win the Big-12. Their fans might say, ‘Yeah, now we can beat Alabama and LSU and all these dudes.’ It may not happen like that.”
“I don’t know. It’s obviously more money.”
I mean… he’s not wrong. Texas will probably just go 6-6, 7-5 every year and become a mid-tier SEC program, and I’m still not convinced Oklahoma can hang with the big dawgs of the SEC like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Florida.
They may have given their chances to return to the College Football Playoff a death sentence. Just look at their record, they’ve gotten slaughtered every time they’ve had to face ‘Bama in the playoff.
Plus, when ol’ ball coach speaks, people listen. The man gave South Carolina the best five year run in program history (was a terrible time to be a Clemson fan, I must say).
Speaking of Spurrier, we can’t forget this epic rant: