Oklahoma president David Boren, right, acknowledged Wednesday that the Sooners and Texas A&M received invitations to join the Southeastern Conference earlier this month.
"There was a time when A&M thought they were going to the SEC and they very much wanted us to go with them," Boren said.
The schools — along with Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech — also had an offer to join the Pacific 10.
Boren characterized the Pac-10 offer as one that had been researched and planned. The SEC's offer, he said, was "more of a reaction to the situation. When they saw that the Big 12 might be no more, that all the schools might go somewhere else, they then started thinking about 'Who would we want?' "
SEC spokesman Craig Pinkerton told the Associated Press that he was "not in a position to comment."