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The University of Texas and The University of Oklahoma took the first official step toward leaving the Big 12 on Monday as they notified the conference they would not be renewing their media rights after they expire in 2025.

The announcement comes on the heels of a Houston Chronicle exclusive report that said the two universities had reached out to the Southeast Conference about joining the league. The two schools have not confirmed they did so.

If UT joined the SEC, Texas fans could see the return of the UT and Texas A&M rivalry for the first time since 2011. It would also make the SEC the first superleague in the NCAA, with 16 total teams in the conference if the two football powerhouses gain approval.

Some, including A&M Athletic Director Ross Bjork, expressed discontent on the potential move. Aggie officials will be meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss what they consider a blindside by the conference. Meanwhile, Big 12 officials met with Texas and Oklahoma officials about strengthening the conference, reports say.

For the official move to the SEC to happen, 11 schools within the 14-team conference will need to vote in favor of the teams joining the league. New SEC additions could happen in the next few weeks if Texas and Oklahoma proceed with a formal request.


Janice Omadeke of The Mentor Method was one of five Black entrepreneurs in Austin to earn $100k from Gogle for her startup. (The Mentor Method/Facebook)

Five Austin companies joined Google's second Startups Black Founders Fund on Wednesday, earning $100,000 each as part of the $10 million initiative geared toward giving Black entrepreneurs access to funding for their startups.

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The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission approved a draft district map Sept. 15 that looks much the same as the current map. (The Austin Bulldog)

A member of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) contacted council members asking for their home addresses despite a charter provision prohibiting the ICRC from considering such information in its mapping process, according to emails obtained by the Bulldog through a public information request.

Four council members or their staffers replied providing home addresses: Alison Alter, Paige Ellis, Mackenzie Kelly, and Leslie Pool, according to the emails dated August 9th to Aug. 17.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog here.


Austinites will once again be able to take a nonstop flight to London as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport resumes transatlantic travel this fall.

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