HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – There’s very little argument that Houston and Texas are well-developed footprints for football talent. Just take a look around at the many youth football leagues that feed the middle schools, that feed the high schools, that feed the many colleges and universities in this State. More specifically, take a look at the transformation that is Texas A&M and that is the big reason why the SEC has its eyes on Texas. They can see the future and where it’s going.
However, currently, the Big 12 is the dominant player in the State of Texas with schools such as Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, and Baylor. Houston sports Conference USA member Rice while the University of Houston is a member of the American Athletic Conference. The Big 12 could have its eyes on one of the local schools in the area especially since there’s no Big 12 alliance specific to Houston. But, it’s premature to speculate since the invite hasn’t even been tendered.
Meanwhile, it’s very clear that the SEC and Big 12 have mutual interests in Houston and Texas. We explore these interests with Big 12 Commissioner, Bob Bowlsby and SEC Executive Associate Commissioner, Mark Womack.