Texas and Oklahoma are reportedly set to leave the Big 12 Conference.
The news comes after it was reported earlier this week that the Longhorns and Sooners had reached out to the Southeastern Conference to explore becoming new members of the SEC. Now, further reports indicate the founding Big 12 members are ready to confirm with conference officials that they are making a move.
“Texas and OU officials plan to inform the Big 12 on Monday that they won’t renew when the league’s grant of rights expire in 2025, a step that clears the path for the SEC to formally consider adding Texas and OU,” wrote Chip Brown of 247Sports.
If the two programs plan to leave the Big 12 for the SEC before the deal expires, they would have to forfeit the remaining four years of television revenue which could be approximately $160 million each.
The addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC would strengthen the conference that is already widely considered the best conference in college football while bringing the total number of teams to 16. Texas and Oklahoma have reportedly been discussing a potential deal with the SEC for the past six months.
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