The University of Arkansas has been a member of the SEC since joining in 1992, coming over from the now-defunct Southwest Conference.
If it were up to former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, the Razorbacks would be making yet another move.
“I just feel personally that they would be excellent in the Big 12,” Stoops told Sport & Story. “Geographically, where they’re located—can you imagine the series with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State every year? Also, Texas, TCU, all the teams there in the (Texas) area.”
While the move would reunite Arkansas with old SWC rival Texas along with TCU, Baylor, and Texas Tech, the Razorbacks have found new traditional rivals – LSU and Texas A&M – in the SEC. Still, Stoops sees advantage for the move that the SEC might not be able to offer.
I think it would bring Texas recruiting, being that they would be down there competing in the Texas area, even in Oklahoma,” Stoops said. “They’d be more attractive in recruiting, just because of where they’re playing their football games.”
Most importantly, Stoops says it would be helpful to the Big 12 as a whole, bringing in another blue-blood program into the mix.
“I think it’d be good for the Big 12, but I also think it’d be good for Arkansas overall, when you talk about the landscape of things and their opportunities here.”