The ongoing chaos surrounding the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners exploring options to bolt the Big 12 and join the SEC added another wrinkle on Thursday.
In a move that was clearly made to try and assure that Texas and Oklahoma wouldn't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future, the Big 12 asked its members to to sign a five-year extension of TV rights. This, according to Brian Davis of the Austin-American Statesman.
As reported elsewhere, can confirm that Texas will likely send a letter to Big 12 of not wanting to extend its TV rights to the Big 12 next week.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisUT) July 22, 2021
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Texas is planning a letter to the Big 12 in a move to balk at the extension. Rumors and speculation has been swirling that both the Longhorns and Oklahoma are going to try and make a move to the SEC.
If they do so, it would cause a major shakeup in college football. While others in past years have made jumps in major conferences like Missouri, West Virginia and Nebraska, none come close to the kind of revenue or publicity that Texas and Oklahoma get and have. Texas basically has its own network, the “Longhorn Network,” which is owned as a joint venture between the University of Texas, ESPN and IMG College. The idea that they and Oklahoma could be leaving can't be sitting well with the higher-ups in the conference.
Conference switching is becoming more relevant and is happening more frequently in college football and college basketball all around. If Texas and Oklahoma are next in line, though, it would send major shockwaves throughout college football in particular especially if they join the SEC.