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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.

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