With Eye On SEC, Oklahoma, Texas move toward leaving Big 12
Jul 26, 2021, 11:12 AM | Updated: 11:18 am
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Oklahoma and Texas took the first formal step toward moving to the Southeastern Conference.
The two schools notified the Big 12 that they would not be renewing an agreement that binds the league’s members through 2025.
The schools sent out a joint statement that made no mention of the SEC and said they intend to honor agreements that give the conference control of the school’s media rights.
Step one complete from Oklahoma and Texas. pic.twitter.com/TdMsQeuhoo
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) July 26, 2021
Those arrangements run concurrent with the Big 12’s television contracts with ESPN and Fox. According to sources, Texas and Oklahoma have been in discussions with the SEC about joining the league, though neither the two schools nor the powerhouse conference has acknowledged that publicly.