The Big 12’s athletic directors and CEO’s will meet today at 5 p.m. in the wake of reports that Oklahoma and Texas are exploring the possibility of joining the SEC.
CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd was the first to report the meeting.
The agenda beyond discussing OU and UT is unknown. But the past 24 hours have cast the Big 12’s future into serious doubt. It’s also unclear if OU and UT officials will be in the meeting.
The Houston Chronicle broke the report on Wednesday during SEC Media Days, citing a high-ranking college football official with “knowledge of the situation.” The person said that an announcement could come soon regarding the potential addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC.
This would create the first super conference in college football, giving the league 16 teams.
This would be the first major conference expansion in college football in nearly a decade since the Big 12 got a shake-up that included Texas A&M, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska all leaving the conference for the SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten, respectively.
The SEC, Oklahoma and Texas have not commented on the report. Oklahoma State was the first Big 12 school to comment on the report, posting a statement on Wednesday night.
“We have heard unconfirmed reports that OU and UT approached Southeastern Conference officials about joining the SEC. We are gathering information and will monitor closely. If true, we would be gravely disappointed. While we place a premium on history, loyalty and trust, be assured, we will aggressively defend and advance what is best for Oklahoma State and our strong athletic program, which continues to excel in the Big 12 and nationally.”
This news also comes on the heels of ESPN and FOX rejecting the Big 12‘s overtures of extending the TV deal that is currently in place. The report said that the TV partners were not yet ready to discuss an extension beyond the current deal. Per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, “That was a message Big 12 presidents, chancellors and athletics directors heard on a Zoom video conference Monday with a media consulting group it enlisted months ago, Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said.”
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