A report arose, suggesting the Sooners and Longhorns reached out to the SEC about joining the conference. The two schools reportedly want to create a 16-team super-league.
On Thursday night, the remaining members of the Big 12 held a conference call. Both Oklahoma and Texas were not on the call as other schools discussed the future of the conference.
After the call, the Big 12 released a series of “highlights” from the conversation.
“Oklahoma and Texas are founding members of the Big 12 and we value their traditions and history of success,” the conference said. “The eight members strongly desire to retain the current composition, which has proven it can compete at the highest levels.”
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“There is a recognition that institutions may act in their own self-interest, however, there is an expectation that members adhere to Conference bylaws and the enforcement of Grant of Rights agreements,” the statement continued. “This is a time of dramatic change within intercollegiate athletics that presents both opportunities and challenges, and the Big 12 Conference looks forward to continuing to play a major role in its evolution.”
The Big 12 is clearly unhappy with the two schools for allegedly thinking about taking their talents elsewhere.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Oklahoma and Texas actually try to break away from the Big 12.