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Big 12 Releases Statement Admitting Defeat At Hands Of SEC Expansion

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The Big 12 Conference has confirmed that Oklahoma and Texas will not extend their grant of rights when the current agreement expires in 2025.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league’s “eight members are disappointed” with the decision of the two schools, but intends to “fully assess” the conference’s difficult future.

The news that Oklahoma and Texas will soon begin the process of joining the SEC first surfaced last week, and OutKick previously reported the programs are prepared to wait until the current grant of rights agreement expires in 2025 before moving on from the Big 12.

“Although our eight members are disappointed with the decisions of these two institutions, we recognize that intercollegiate athletics is experiencing rapid change and will most likely look much different in 2025 than it does currently,” Bowlsby said in a statement, per The Athletic.  “The Big 12 Conference will continue to support our member institutions’ efforts to graduate student-athletes, and compete for Big 12 and NCAA championships. Like many others, we will use the next four years to fully assess what the landscape will look like in 2025 and beyond. The remaining eight institutions will work together in a collaborative manner to thoughtfully and strategically position the Big 12 Conference for continued success, both athletically and academically, long into the future.”

Officials from both schools have also stated that they intend to remain members of the Big 12 through the 2024-25 academic year, but at this point, it isn’t known if that will happen. 

Just days ago, Bowlsby tried to incentivize the programs to stay in the conference, OutKick previously reported. The proposal was set to increase the earnings of the two schools from the $37 million average that the other Big 12 schools receive to $56 million, a last-ditch effort that likely won’t bear fruit. 

According to a tweet from Pete Thamel with Yahoo Sports on Sunday night, the faltering conference has a message for the Longhorns and Sooners: if you’re done, say you’re done and don’t waste our time.

The Big 12 wants to make it work with Oklahoma and Texas, that part is obvious. But it is starting to look like a tragic breakup.


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    • Mizzou was sold to us as a “Basketball school” to give the SEC a little more power in that sport vs the Big10 and ACC — which was questionable logic at best, but, here we are.

      IMHO, Missouri is the “Warning.” Missouri was a “mid-major” in any sport when the SEC lifted them out of perpetual mediocrity – sorry Missouri fans, but it’s true when compared to almost every other SEC school in the 3 major sports. Missouri was the SEC’s way of saying: “If you don’t want to join, then we’ll create a new ‘powerhouse’ right in your back yard.” It has not really panned out, but I wonder how it has impacted recruiting in Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois — seems to me Nebraska’s tumble from the elite started about the time Mizzou raised the SEC banner on campus. Seems to me that there is probable a handful of kids who decided to play for Missouri rather than leaving the state for Nebraska or Kansas or maybe even Oklahoma just because Missouri was SEC and it was just a better opportunity to be seen – that trend will continue as kids slowly trickle out of the mid-west and OK/TX into the SEC — the power schools are starting to see that there is the SEC, a few other power schools, and a “second tear.” No one wants the “second tear.”

  1. That being said..

    This is what the playoff brought you. You have an elite conference and “everyone else.” Is the SEC gonna win every CFP championship moving forward? Probably not – they will perpetually beat each other up. Oh, wait, we’re gonna expand the playoff to 12, maybe 16 teams.. well, given that scenario, then you’ll have 6-8 SEC teams in the hunt — and a “final four” of JUST SEC TEAMS – TX and OK can see it, Clemson and Florida St can see it and now we have rumblings out of the Big10 that Michigan and Ohio St can see it…

    The playoff everyone so lustfully wanted is killing college football right before our eyes and NO ONE wants to talk about it. I still say “bring back the Bowls”

    The underlying feeling is that “if you’re not in the playoffs, you’re irrelevant.” that will be the case by 2025. Once OU and TX are the SEC, it’s gonna be: “if you’re not in the SEC, you’re irrelevant.” Once the SEC takes in 2 of the 3-some of Miami, FloridaSt and Clemson, then the rest of college football is going to have about 4 years to realign and jettison the non-traditional powerhouses to create the anti-SEC out of the remaining Schools.

    And woe be unto the one of the 3-some above who DOESN’T make the move to the SEC.

    Kids don’t really look at the college football playoffs, kids look at who’s putting players in the NFL — and the NFL (or whatever survives it’s current “wokeness”) will not bother looking much farther than the bounds of the SEC once they have sucked 95% of all the REAL TALENT into their schools.

  2. Wondering if the B12 has a claim of tortious interference against ESPN. Longhorn Network and SEC Network are both ESPN-owned, and this benefits both of them at the expense of the B12 (Fox + ESPN). Discovery on that case could be epic

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