In July, Oklahoma and Texas shook the entire college football world by announcing that they intended to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. It made sense for the programs financially and competitively, but it certainly has left a bad taste in the mouths of the universities they have shared space with for so long.
In the aftermath of that move, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made moves to keep the conference afloat, ultimately leading to the additions of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF to the conference. For a while, it has seemed that realignment might be done for the moment, but TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati says otherwise in his interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“As the conferences’ television and media rights negotiations begin to pick up momentum, I believe that will compel more discussions on conference realignment,” Donati said. “It is certainly not over.”
The Oklahoma and Texas-sparked realignment has been a major reason for the College Football Playoff expansion being halted, and the 12-team model vote being delayed.
There will be other teams and conferences on the fritz this offseason, and it could lead to more teams being picked off from different conferences. Changes to the landscape have been coming for a while now, and it seems like OU and UT may have just been fortunate enough to find a landing spot before things get too rocky.