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The University of Texas astatine Austin announced Monday greeting that it volition not renew its sports media rights declaration with the Big 12 that is acceptable to extremity successful 2025, giving the archetypal ceremonial awesome that it’s readying to permission the athletics conference.
The determination comes aft rumors surfaced past week that UT-Austin and the University of Oklahoma would permission the Big 12 and articulation the Southeastern Conference, which would past see 16 schools and make the nation’s archetypal ace conference.
The determination was announced successful a associated connection from UT-Austin and Oklahoma.
“Both universities volition proceed to show the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics scenery arsenic they see however champion to presumption their athletics programs for the future,” the connection read.
The thought has prompted immoderate pushback successful the Texas Legislature, particularly among members who correspond oregon attended the 3 Texas schools that would beryllium near down successful the conference, Baylor University, Texas Christian University and Texas Tech University.
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