Big 12 meets with Texas, OU presidents amid rumors of defection to SEC
The executive committee of the Big 12 Conference met Sunday via videoconference with the university presidents of Texas and Oklahoma amid reports that the two schools are looking to move to the Southeastern Conference.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby was on the call with Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec, who is also the Big 12 Board of Directors chairman, and Baylor president Linda Livingstone so they could speak with Texas president Jay Hartzell and Oklahoma president Joseph Harroz.
“The meeting was cordial, and the Executive Committee expressed a willingness to discuss proposals that would strengthen the Conference and be mutually beneficial to OU and UT, as well as the other member institutions of the Conference,” Bowlsby said in a statement. “I expect that we will continue our conversations in the days ahead and we look forward to discussing thoughts, ideas and concepts that may be of shared interest and impact.”
The call took place days after the Houston Chronicle reported that Oklahoma, who has won each of the last six Big 12 football championships, and Texas, the biggest moneymaker in college sports, explored the possibility of joining the SEC.
Such a move would cause major ripples in college athletics and force other leagues to scramble in order to catch up.
Texas A&M's board of regents is meeting on Monday to discuss SEC realignment and governance issues related to the conference after A&M athletic director Ross Bjork expressed his desire to keep Texas out of the SEC.