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With Eye On SEC, Oklahoma, Texas move toward leaving Big 12

Jul 26, 2021, 11:12 AM | Updated: 11:18 am

DALLAS, TEXAS - A general view of play between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners during ...

DALLAS, TEXAS - A general view of play between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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.

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.

 

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With Eye On SEC, Oklahoma, Texas move toward leaving Big 12