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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.

  • "This will take some time, but there is interest on both sides," one source told Stadium's Brett McMurphy.
  • Early next week, the two schools will send a letter to the Big 12 stating that neither will renew their media contracts when they expire in 2025, per Jason Whitely of WFAA in Dallas.

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.

  • This would be a recruiting nightmare for Texas A&M, so the Aggies are likely a hard no. "We want to be the only SEC team from the state of Texas," said Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork.
  • Missouri, which left the Big 12 along with Texas A&M in 2012 to join the SEC, would also reportedly vote no.

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.

  • "Everything could be on the table, from the long-theorized four Super Leagues to a power-conference breakaway from the NCAA."
  • "This could massively alter the entire enterprise, at a time when upheaval already is underway and the NCAA has never had less authority."

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Study: Abortions in Texas dropped by half in month after ban took effect

Demonstrators rally against anti-abortion and voter suppression laws at the Texas State Capitol on October 2, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

The number of clinic-performed abortions in Texas decreased by about 50% in September — the month the state's near total ban on the procedure went into effect — when compared with the same month last year, according to research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

Driving the news: The Texas ban, which effectively bars the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy, is the most restrictive law allowed to be enforced since the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade case legalized abortion in the U.S.

Austin, Dallas school districts defy Texas House probe into library books dealing with race and sexuality

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The Austin and Dallas school districts said Friday that they would defy a request from Texas state Rep. Matt Krause who initiated an investigation into schools' library books, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The big picture: The Austin school district, one of the largest in the state, was the first school system to disregard the probe set by Krause. Dallas followed shortly after late Friday night, according to the Chronicle.

FAA clears more planes after 5G fears

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it had approved nearly 80% of the U.S. commercial fleet to perform low-visibility landings at airports with new 5G services after fears of signal interference limited 5G rollout.

Why it matters: The FAA approvals will help provide more certainty after the agency raised fears that 5G signals could reduce the accuracy of certain equipment, known as radio altimeters, that helps planes land and take off in inclement weather.