The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas have released an official joint statement on Monday morning.
The two universities have confirmed that they will not be renewing their grant of media rights. This is the first major step toward a move to the SEC.
Last week, reports surfaced, revealing the Sooners and the Longhorns were eying a move out of the Big 12, with the SEC as a landing spot.
Monday morning, Oklahoma and Texas released the following statement:
“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,” the statement reads.
According to college football insider Brett McMurphy, Oklahoma and Texas have been in “lock step” since the beginning.
Revisiting a quote from a source last week: “Oklahoma & Texas have been in lock step from the beginning.” Source said schools contacted SEC in December & had already made up mind they were leaving Big 12
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 26, 2021
There’s still a ways to go in this process, but Oklahoma and Texas are pushing forward on a move to the SEC.