- All signs point to Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC in 2025, but that move may happen much sooner.
- One college football analyst seems to think the Sooners and Longhorns will be in the SEC by next year.
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Texas and Oklahoma jumping ship from the Big 12 and moving to the SEC is practically a done deal. Now, the question is when this monumental move may happen.
Both schools informed the Big 12 that they won’t be renewing their media contracts, which run until 2025. With both UT and OU tied to media deals until then, most assumed 2025 would be the year they jump to the SEC. However, there have been some new developments regarding the situation, and college football analyst Barrett Sallee seems to think the Longhorns and Sooners could be members of the SEC by 2022.
The Big 12 sent a cease and desist letter to ESPN demanding that the network end all actions that could harm the conference and its members. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has said that ESPN tried to destabilize the conference and help Texas and Oklahoma avoid exit fees. Bowlsby also accused ESPN of reaching out to at least one of the other eight remaining Big 12 members to try and convince them to leave the conference as well, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.
The powers that be at ESPN and the SEC seem to be doing some behind-the-scenes work.
Sallee sees this as writing on the wall that things are about to move very quickly.
It is now abundantly clear that Texas and Oklahoma will play in the SEC next fall. This whole ESPN thing will accelerate the hell out of this process.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 29, 2021
There will be legal battles to get through, but Sallee’s take here isn’t that outlandish at all. Texas and Oklahoma don’t want to wait until 2025 to join the SEC. Given the fast-changing college football landscape and the NCAA expected to die within the next few years with Name Image Likeness taking over, conferences in general may not even be a thing come 2025.
Texas and Oklahoma want in when the getting is good and both schools seem prepared to do whatever it takes to make it happen.