Orangebloods writer Geoff Ketchum and I’ve checked in with a number of sources on Wednesday and requested about Texas’ need to go away the Massive 12 and be a part of the SEC.
Texas and Oklahoma are able to make that transfer.
A high-level college official knowledgeable Orangebloods the expectation is that Texas and Oklahoma would inform the Massive 12 as early as subsequent week that each colleges intend to say no on extending the present set of media rights. The contract expires in 2025.
“That ought to begin the dominos,” the supply advised Orangebloods.
That main piece of reports Orangebloods realized coincides with an earlier report on Wednesday.
Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman was the primary to report Texas and Oklahoma reached out to the SEC about becoming a member of that convention. Zwerneman additionally mentioned, “An announcement may come inside a few weeks regarding the potential addition of UT and OU to the league, the individual mentioned, which might give the SEC 16 colleges and make it the primary nationwide super-conference.”
As well as, Orangebloods was advised a transfer to the SEC would sign the tip of the LHN and that the varsity has come to phrases with this. One other supply advised me he wouldn’t be stunned if LHN merely folded into the SEC Community (each are owned by ESPN).
Probably the most attention-grabbing Texas-OU improvement facilities round what has not occurred on Wednesday.
Texas officers routinely dismiss tales they consider are inaccurate. Not one media outlet in Austin cited an nameless Texas supply that disputed the reported league change.
The truth is, our sources didn’t wish to instantly deal with the rumor.
I beforehand reported a high-level Texas official’s response to me was “nothing to say” after I inquired about departing the SEC. Just a few hours later, the identical supply advised me “Once I can speak, I’ll.”
After all, Texas officers consider Texas A&M leaked the story to make it tougher for the Longhorns to modify conferences. Texas officers consider the leak creates friction for Texas and Oklahoma within the Massive 12 and SEC.
Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls reported Texas A&M and Missouri would vote in opposition to including Texas and Oklahoma. Bohls mentioned solely two extra votes in opposition to the Longhorns and Sooners could be vital to stop these groups from switching conferences.
Nevertheless, a supply advised Orangebloods, “It will take a while however the curiosity by either side is there.”