Panic setting in? Big 12 calls leadership meeting to discuss Texas, OU situation
The story ricocheting around college sports this week is about Texas and Oklahoma reportedly being interested in moving to the SEC has taken on another layer.
Big 12 leadership has reportedly called a meeting for this afternoon to discuss the issue.
There are potential changes coming either way as TV rights deals and other financial matters will determine the timeline of any possible move. The additions of Texas and Oklahoma would make the SEC the first 16-team superconference while simultaneously adding massive brand power to a league already seen as the best in college sports. Whether these programs leave now or leave for the SEC specifically, their departure from the Big 12 appears inevitable, CBS Sports reported.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were intended to be confidential, said officials from Texas initiated the discussion, the Associated Press reported. The Houston Chronicle first reported the discussions.
Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork was adamant about not wanting the Longhorns, once the school’s greatest rival, in the SEC.
“We want to be the only SEC program in the state of Texas,” Bjork told reporters. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12, to be standalone, to have our own identity. And that’s our feeling.”
SEC bylaws require at least three-fourths (11) of the members to vote in favor of extending an invitation to join.
Big 12 ADs and CEOs meeting at 5 pm today to discuss Texas, OU situation.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) July 22, 2021