The Big 12 will have some major shoes to fill.
The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma officially announced that the programs would will not be renewing their grants of media rights with the conference following expiration in 2025.
The news comes following days of speculation and rumors, and the Big 12 is finally addressing the departures of two prominent programs and founding members.
“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,” Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.
“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.”
There is no word on what’s next for Texas and Oklahoma, but plenty of rumors have linked the programs to the SEC.
For now, we will have to wait and see what the next few years hold.