Oklahoma and Texas could make an affirmation of expectation to leave the Big 12 soon, The Athletic learned on Thursday. Notwithstanding, sources add it could take some time for the schools to really leave.
Neither Oklahoma nor Texas were on the Big 12 approach Thursday night, a source affirmed to The Athletic, regardless of each of the 10 schools being welcome to join in. Gathering individuals examined the chance of Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC in the gathering and what the subsequent stages would be in the occasion the two schools do finish endeavoring an exit.
After the almost two-hour meeting finished, the Big 12 gave features to columnists, including the accompanying: “There is an acknowledgment that establishments may keep their best interests in mind, in any case, there is an assumption that individuals stick to Conference local laws and the implementation of Grant of Rights arrangements.”
The Big 12’s present media rights bargain lapses in June 2025, and the Sooners and Longhorns are ready to hang tight for that if fundamental. A more reasonable result, The Athletic’s Andy Staples reports, would be a repayment that would liberate the schools to join another alliance yet would require an impressive amount of cash.
For additional on the schools’ purpose to leave their gathering and how it might get off-kilter, read Staples’ full story in the Go Deeper segment beneath.
Greatest takeaway from the Big 12 meeting
Max Olson, school football staff author: You would anticipate firecrackers or a lot of venting on this first call between Big 12 partners, particularly with Oklahoma and Texas reps not present.
All things considered, as indicated by sources, the discussion among the eight schools and gathering initiative zeroed in on what comes straightaway, the need of staying together and recognizing the numerous choices before them, including development.
There’s not a conviction inside the Big 12 that this SEC exit is far enough along that it will happen in the following not many weeks, sources added.
The Big 12’s viewpoint moving ahead
Nicole Auerbach, school football senior author: It’s too early to anticipate what might befall the excess eight schools in the Big 12 if (when?) Texas and Oklahoma withdraw. At this moment, there is by all accounts a deliberate exertion for those schools to remain together and maybe add individuals by means of development down the line.
Yet, many years of meeting realignment likewise recommend that the inverse could occur, as well: That no less than at least one of the eight excess schools could stress over being abandoned and attempt to escape to another gathering all alone. In any case, it merits an update that the other eight are likewise still bound to one another by the award of rights, as well, so it’s too soon to say the class is nearly an absolute collapse.