Oklahoma, Texas Reach Buyout Agreement with Big 12 to Leave for SEC a Year Early

By Garrick Hodge on February 9, 2023 at 8:11 pm
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Oklahoma and Texas are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC a year early. 

The Big 12 and SEC confirmed the move on Thursday, with both conferences releasing statements that the future change in conference affiliation is official. The two longtime Big 12 members will spend one last season in their current league and then begin SEC play in the 2024-2025 school year.

Per Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger, the Longhorns and Sooners will owe a combined $100 million to the conference, with the eight remaining Big 12 legacy schools receiving a big cut of that revenue. Dellenger added any details of any Fox and ESPN agreement were unclear, but Fox is expected to receive additional inventory or compensation for the loss of the two schools in 2024.

The 2024 season is shaping up to have plenty of preseason storylines unlike any other, considering Texas and Oklahoma will be in the SEC and USC and UCLA will join the Big Ten. Not to mention 2024 is the first season the new 12-team College Football Playoff format will begin.

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