Country music legend Garth Brooks wants Arkansas to move from the SEC to another Power Five conference.
Brooks, an Oklahoma State alumnus, would love to see the Razorbacks in the Big 12.
“I was always pulling for Arkansas,” Brooks told Chris Childers, host of the show Full Ride on SiriusXM. “I’d love to have seen them come in because they’re right next door. Some of the greatest football games of old when I was a kid was the University of Oklahoma and Arkansas, so I wanted to see them come in.”
The Big 12, which was reduced to 10 teams in 2010 after Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC, is reportedly in talks with multiple teams about a potential expansion. But Arkansas is not one of them. Razorbacks AD Jeff Long made it clear Wednesday that his school is happy with its current address.
— Jeff Long (@jefflongUA) May 11, 2016
Oklahoma has matched up with Arkansas 14 times in their series history, while Oklahoma State — where Brooks was a track athlete — has faced the Razorbacks on 46 separate occasions. Arkansas has also faced Big 12 mainstay Texas 78 times, but just five times since the Razorbacks left the Southwest Conference for the SEC in 1991.
Former Arkansas player Butch Davis, who also contributes to SiriusXM as a co-host, agrees with Brooks that the Razorbacks are an attractive candidate for the Big 12.
He cited the proximity of Arkansas to Oklahoma and a chance to renew the Texas-Arkansas rivalry. However, Davis realizes that a move would require a lot of logistical and financial hurdles for the Razorbacks.
“The stumbling block is that the SEC just wrote a check for ($31.2 million) for every one of the 14 teams in the SEC,” Davis said, according to a report from wholehogsports.com’s Andrew Hutchinson. “That would be a huge stumbling block for (Arkansas athletics director) Jeff Long to say we’re going to pull out of the SEC and go to the Big 12.”