A reaction to Texas & Oklahoma (likely) joining the SEC: Welcome – BY DAN MATHEWS

sooners, longhorns, oklahoma, texas, sec football, ncaa football, 680 the fan, dan mathews, 680am, 680, the fan
Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai (15) tries to get past Texas defensive back Chris Brown (15) during an NCAA college football game in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

July 26, 2021
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – My reaction is the same as pretty much the one Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher had at SEC Media Days… Be careful what you wish for. 

If/when the SEC accepts Texas and Oklahoma as new members… I’ll welcome them in with open arms. If they want to play strong competition in college football’s best league, they’re welcome to join up. 

I think this needs to be looked at as good for those who were already the 14 members of the conference. It doesn’t change anything for them. It also isn’t going to change things miraculously for Texas. 

I’ll just speak from what I know of the fanbases. The said, I’m not as familiar with Oklahoma’s, as I am with Texas. 

For Texas, their football issues are simple. They don’t get the same players as they did when Mack Brown had Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium rocking from 2004 to 2009. 

Recruiting has slipped for the Longhorns and the results are what we’ve seen over the last 10-plus seasons. Texas has not been relevant since losing to Alabama in that national title game to end the 2009-10 season. 

Culture at Texas has also held them back. Kids in the state of Texas don’t pick the Longhorns because “they’re Texas.” So what? I want to play in Austin and go 8-4 every year? How about no…

There’s a reason that Nick Saban, Ed Orgeron and Jimbo Fisher have eaten Texas’ lunch in recruiting… They can actually sell tangible results and the hardware to prove it. Plus, they’re in the game’s best football league. 

There was a time that hiring Steve Sarkisian would have been beneath UT’s hiring standards as a football program. Those days are gone. Current athletic director Chris Del Conte accepted that reality and went out to get college football’s hottest assistant coaching prospect, over a proven head coach. 

Texas needs the SEC. Oklahoma does as well. 

The Sooners have year in and year out been good enough to make the College Football Playoff. However, they have not been good enough to win a semifinal game. They’ve been four times and lost all four times. 

The good news for OU, is they’ve recruited very well since Lincoln Riley took over the program in 2017. According to 247Sports, the Sooners have not brought in no worse than the 12th best (2020) signing class. This means that Riley is getting good enough players to compete for a national title. 

There shouldn’t be much of a surprise, that Texas wants in to the SEC. I’ve already mentioned their relative lack of success (by their standards) on the recruiting trail. All of those schools that I mentioned earlier are a huge reason for their lack of championship success. 

One of the main culprits of their recruiting frustration, was in their own state last week speaking to the Texas High School Coaches Association annual convention in San Antonio. You guessed right… That man was Nick Saban. 

Over the last few recruiting cycles, Saban and his Alabama program have been able to treat the Lone Star State as almost like a home base for their recruiting efforts. Saban is incredibly calculated and it’s no mistake that he made that trip to San Antonio for the sole purpose of a speaking engagement. He wants to keep that success going. 

It was only about a day after the Crimson Tide coach was in Texas, that the Longhorns and Sooners to the SEC rumors broke. Is it THE reason why the movement started? No, it’s not. But, it’s also another reason why these two programs are looking for a better possibility of success than their current standing.

The Big 12 for Texas and Oklahoma has a ceiling. They’re now starting at a lower level in the next building over, that is taller than the current one they reside in. The SEC is the right move for them. 

As for the fans of programs who are currently in the SEC, don’t be afraid. Embrace them and get ready for even better competition. 

Brand names are good for college football. Two of the major brands in college football joining the league is nothing but a good thing. 

Dan Mathews

Chuck Oliver Show – Anchor/Fill-In Host 
WCNN-AM 680 The Fan, also on FM at 93.7

dan mathews

sec, texas, oklahoma, expansion, football, ncaa, sec, 680 the fan, dan mathews

A reaction to Texas & Oklahoma (likely) joining the SEC: Welcome – BY DAN MATHEWS

July 26, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – My reaction is the same as pretty much the one Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher had at SEC Media Days… Be careful what you wish for.  If/when the SEC accepts Texas and Oklahoma as new members… I’ll welcome them in with open arms. If they want…

kirby sm

Expanded playoffs are good for Kirby Smart… But how good? – BY DAN MATHEWS

June 16, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – I’ve had a co-worker here at 680 The Fan who has brought up that extended College Football Playoff fields would have meant a different narrative for Kirby Smart. I’m not sure I completely agree with that.  Yes, 12 teams would have seen the Dawgs in the playoff…

saban sm

Georgia fans: Nick Saban is staying a little while longer… Good – BY DAN MATHEWS

June 9, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Nick Saban isn’t stepping away from the field anytime soon. I’m good with that and Georgia fans should be too.  Saban put his signature on a contract extension that keeps him at Alabama through the 2028 season. Some would say that’s bad news for everyone else in…

bulldogs feat sm

The Time Clearly Is Now for UGA: It’s all there – BY DAN MATHEWS

June 2, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – The wish list coming out of spring practice was pretty simple and Georgia seemed to have gotten good favor with the transfer portal. Cornerback Derion Kendrick and tight end Arik Gilbert are Athens bound. You needed to get older in the secondary and you did that. You…

julio feat sm

I’ll remember Julio Jones as a Falcon for what he was: “GREAT”! – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 26, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – It appears that Julio Jones’ time with the Falcons has come to an end. I’m not sad, mad or disappointed.  Julio clearly wants an opportunity to win a title before his career ends and he’s welcome to feel that way. It’s his career and he gets to…


Phil Mickelson’s win is one for all of us – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 24, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – That was fun to see Phil Mickelson walking up 18 with all the gallery around him on the way to his PGA Championship win. It was a sight that golf fans haven’t gotten in at least a couple of years.  Phil is still one of the fan…

sanket sm feat

There is a college football commissioner: His name is Greg Sankey – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 21, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – There is a college football commissioner: His name is Greg Sankey Ask and you shall receive college football fans. You wanted a college football commissioner for Power Five football and I’ve found them.  SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is the man for this fictitious job. He has proven…

smart feat sm

The Blame Kirby Smart Game: Use of Transfer Portal isn’t one of them – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 20, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Kirby Smart is not afraid to use the transfer portal. This has been proven time and time again. I bring this up, after the Outkick.com article a few days ago that highlighted a Kirby Smart “loss” in the transfer portal, with former Tennessee linebacker Henry To’o To’o choosing…


This Hawks team is already successful, but… – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 18, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – I said before the season and still maintain that just making the playoffs was a massive success for this team. When you have a core group who has in most cases never experienced postseason success, you can’t get too greedy with expectations.  If I were to tell…

tim tebow, 680 the fan, dan mathews

If you’re annoyed with anyone, don’t be upset with Tim Tebow – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 12, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Tim Tebow is a competitor and wants to play football. Urban Meyer, general manager Trent Baalke and the Jacksonville Jaguars want to give him that chance.  This should be the end of the story. But, it isn’t.  We can’t take things with nuance or for a specific…

shane greene, 680 the fan, atlanta braves

Thank you AA: Braves show commitment with Shane Greene signing – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 10, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – This Braves bullpen needs help! It’s not for ineffectiveness, but for the impending wall if they continued down their current path.  The bullpen ERA is 4.56 and that has them 11th out of 15 teams in the National League. They’ve thrown over 125 innings of pitches through…

draftr sma feat

Falcons Draft: Mixed bag but mostly positive reaction – BY DAN MATHEWS

May 3 2021 – 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – The Falcons pick up nine players over the three days of the NFL Draft. Overall, I like what they did.  I think they had two goals over the three days. One, they wanted to take the best available player who could also help their strength… The…

julio jones sm

Mr. Blank, emotions can hurt you: Especially in the NFL – BY DAN MATHEWS

April 28, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Trying to lock up players to long-term deals in order to make them “Falcons for life,” is what has the team in its current situation. Team owner Arthur Blank’s words of the past are coming back to bite him. Giving huge long-term deals to Matt Ryan, Julio…


The Time Is Still Now: Matt Ryan’s successor needs to be here soon – BY DAN MATHEWS

April 21, 2021 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – As the draft process has moved along, I’ve come off my hope for the team to stay at four and draft their future quarterback.  The needs are more pressing with other positions on the field and the value probably doesn’t match up to what you immediately want…


Georgia can get through this George Pickens injury

March 25, 2021 BY DAN MATHEWS 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Georgia losing wide receiver Georgia Pickens to an ACL injury hurts a lot. I’m not going to sugar coat it.  6 foot 3, 200 pound former five-star prospects aren’t just readily available to teams. But, Georgia does have options.  Pickens did have us all…

kirby sm

One favor to ask of Kirby Smart… Let more people talk!

March 24, 2021 – BY DAN MATHEWS 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Kirby Smart should allow for more players to meet with the media. The same with his coaches too.  Before the start of spring practice, Kirby Smart did make a handful of assistant coaches (Dell McGee, Matt Luke and Cortez Hankton) available to the…

ga tech sm

Georgia Tech: Don’t be sad that it’s over, smile because it happened

March 22, 2021 BY DAN MATHEWS 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – It’s over. But be happy about what happened.  2020-21 seemed like a make or break year for Josh Pastner as the head coach at Georgia Tech. He passed the test this year and I believe has renewed confidence in his abilities.  He had a…

josh pastner, ga tech basketball, acc

Give it up for Josh Pastner… He came through

March 16, 2021 – BY DAN MATHEWS 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – We’ve been a little worried about our head coaches in this town, when they usually have the same upbeat message about their team. Credit to Josh Pastner about his message and winning with it. This Georgia Tech team needed somewhat of a miracle…

rush propst, nick chubb, uga bulldogs, kirby smart

Who I believe, Chubb or Propst? The decision is simple

FILE – Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) runs in the first half of an NCAA college football game against the Samford Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Athens, Ga. Rush Propst alleges Chubb took money from Kirby Smart to remain at UGA. (AP FILE Photo/John Bazemore) March 9, 2021 BY DAN MATHEWS 680 THE FAN…

soroka sm

Slow and steady with Mike Soroka: You’ve got options

March 5th, 2021 – BY DAN MATHEWS 680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – The rush to get Mike Soroka back from the torn Achilles is not immediate. That’s a good thing.  Yes, this club is immediately better when Soroka is taking the ball every fifth day. The good news, is there’s time to get him back and…

Contests & Events


Keep listening to 680 The Fan throughout the Braves season for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see a game at Truist Park! Multiple chances to win EVERY DAY!


Nominate someone who inspires you through acts of kindness or charity to receive a $68 VISA gift card courtesy of Gwinnett Subaru and Georgia’s Own Credit Union! DETAILS HERE!

Win Truist Park

WIN TRUIST PARK! Join the 680 Fan Club and you could win a Truist Park REPLICA for your desk! Enter HERE Today!

Ga Lottery Jackpot Inning 2020

Register now to be a contestant in the GA Lottery Jackpot Inning! If your name is called and one of our Braves hits a homer, you’ll win the day’s Jackpot! No winner? The jackpot rolls over the next day for an even BIGGER PRIZE! Enter to win with The Braves HERE!