Former Texas A&M official: Texas, Oklahoma joining SEC would break 'gentlemen's agreement' among league schools

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When did Texas A&M join the SEC?

The SEC officially announced the addition of Texas A&M on Sept. 26, 2011, with the school joining the conference in 2012. Texas A&M's move to the SEC wasn't particularly well-received by its Texas peers, with the Longhorns still refusing to schedule the Aggies in major sports. al.comFormer Texas A&M president explains SEC expansion process, why he’s skeptical Texas joins

Big 12 powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma reportedly eye move to SEC

Axios 22 July, 2021 - 08:07am

Texas and Oklahoma have made serious inquiries with the Southeastern Conference about leaving the Big 12, and the SEC is interested in adding the two schools, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Such a move would reshape college football — and college sports as a whole — adding two of the nation's biggest athletic powerhouses to a conference that's already full of them.

What they're saying: Oklahoma and Texas both released statements, neither of which denied the report.

Yes, but: There are plenty of impediments standing in the way of this happening, namely that 11 of the SEC's 14 member schools would have to approve the expansion.

The big picture: "If you're looking for the lever that could flip college athletics irrevocably in the direction of a new model and new shape, this would qualify," writes SI's Pat Forde.

A barge carrying the Olympic Rings passes Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay. Photo: Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images

Olympic athletes were not subject to the usual, rigorous standards of the world anti-doping code during the 16-month period leading to the Games, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Why it matters: For approximately three months during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, virtually all drug-testing programs were suspended, which may have opened the door for athletes to engage in performance-enhancing drug use, AP notes.

Seismic action on Mars is revealing new details about the inner structure of the Red Planet.

Why it matters: Mars' interior holds the key to understanding how the planet and its atmosphere formed — and provides clues about how other rocky planets, like Earth, become habitable.

Several senior developers at Gearbox Software who worked on “Borderlands 3” are leaving the company and going to work on a new independent project together, Gearbox confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: Senior producer Christopher Brock, lead mission designer Keith Schuler, and art director Scott Kester have been with the company for more than a decade. Paul Sage served as the game’s creative director, alongside UX/Game Feel director Chris Strasz and lead character artist Kevin Penrod. All are leaving.

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