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Imminent Departure? Longhorns, Sooners release joint statement to Big 12


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The University of Texas and University of Oklahoma have taken the first step towards leaving the Big 12 Conference, with the schools sending out a joint statement on Monday morning.

"The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma notified the Big 12 Athletic Conference today that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights following expiration in 2025. Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference’s current media rights agreement. The universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements. However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs for the future." 

Both schools are expected to join the Southeastern Conference, but it is unclear when the move will happen.  The Big 12 grants of television rights span through 2025, but if the Sooners and Longhorns stick around that long it would be surprising.

The Big 12 held a virtual meeting with member institution presidents and athletic directors last Thursday to discuss all options and potential paths forward.  Neither Texas or Oklahoma participated.

This is a fluid story, and will be updated as more information develops.

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7 hours ago, HornSports Staff said:

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The University of Texas and University of Oklahoma have taken the first step towards leaving the Big 12 Conference, with the schools sending out a joint statement on Monday morning.

"The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma notified the Big 12 Athletic Conference today that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights following expiration in 2025. Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference’s current media rights agreement. The universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements. However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs for the future." 

Both schools are expected to join the Southeastern Conference, but it is unclear when the move will happen.  The Big 12 grants of television rights span through 2025, but if the Sooners and Longhorns stick around that long it would be surprising.

The Big 12 held a virtual meeting with member institution presidents and athletic directors last Thursday to discuss all options and potential paths forward.  Neither Texas or Oklahoma participated.

This is a fluid story, and will be updated as more information develops.

24-25?

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4 hours ago, texasdalton said:

Are we really going to have to wait until 2025 or is this for legal purposes.

Definitely legal purposes. We have to appear and act like we’re honoring the agreement in place should the conference implode. If the zombie remains of the Big 12 carry on, just pay the exit fee and go play in the SEC in 2022. I’m sure the SEC will “demand” earlier entry in exchange for admission, so we’ll be “forced” to pay the exit fee.

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2 minutes ago, longhorn_mig said:

Definitely legal purposes. We have to appear and act like we’re honoring the agreement in place should the conference implode. If the zombie remains of the Big 12 carry on, just pay the exit fee and go play in the SEC in 2022. I’m sure the SEC will “demand” earlier entry in exchange for admission, so we’ll be “forced” to pay the exit fee.

Agree with this.

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