By Alex Al-Kazzaz
It appears that Texas and Oklahoma have accepted their invitations to join the SEC. Both teams will officially be part of the SEC conference in 2025.
I was a huge fan of the Texas Longhorns growing up. I'm still a Texas fan at heart, however being a sports writer and being objective, things have gone a bit different for me. In my case, it's been brutally tough being a Texas fan in the past 11 years. Ever since the 2009 BCS National Title game, things haven't been going very well for the UT football program. Honestly, I am still trying to get over losing that title game. It still hurts.
I am trying to be optimistic about the move to the SEC. However, I am not especially sure if Texas can do well in such a brutal conference. Not right now, at least. As I said already, the program hasn't had much success in the past 11 years. That being said, Texas needs to step it up and begin another era of dominance and success. It'll be years before Texas can be a worthy contender for the national title, but the time to start would be NOW.
Some say that a move to the SEC will help the recruiting process. I am sure that it'll impact the recruiting process for the UT football program. Of course, there are pros and cons to the move. Again, I am going to be as optimistic as I can. At this point, aside from my optimism, Texas is going to have to build a strong program that can bring a new era of success. It starts in 2021.