Report: Texas, Oklahoma eyeing move to SEC
Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about possibly joining the conference, reports Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, who adds an announcement about a potential move could come within a couple of weeks.
There is mutual interest between the SEC and the two Big 12 schools, sources told Brett McMurphy of Stadium.
Texas and Oklahoma intend to inform the Big 12 early next week that neither school will renew its media contract when it expires in 2025, Jason Whitely of WFAA reports.
Both programs could face issues regarding their TV deals should they move in the near future. The Big 12's contract with ESPN and Fox is worth $20 million per school. The conference also owns TV rights of schools that leave the conference before the deal expires, according to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey declined to comment on the reports during the third day of SEC media days Wednesday, referring to the news as speculation, according to the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton.
Oklahoma released a statement later Wednesday, saying, "The college athletics landscape is shifting constantly. We don't address every anonymous rumor," according to McMurphy.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork apparently isn't a fan of the potential change.
"We want to be the only SEC team from the state of Texas," Bjork said, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.
"There's a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12: to be stand-alone and have our own identity. That's our feeling," he added.
Texas A&M and Missouri were the last two teams to leave the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, bringing the current number of programs in the conference to 14.
Oklahoma has won the Big 12 in each of the last six seasons, while Texas' last conference championship dates back to the 2009 campaign.
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