One of the craziest weeks in collegiate football continues to get crazier. After the news broke on Wednesday that Oklahoma and Texas made a pass at joining the SEC, the two school’s delegations did not attend Thursday night’s Big 12 league call — which, of course, only added fuel to the fire.
It appears all but confirmed now that Oklahoma and Texas will be leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC. Kirk Bohls of the American-Statesman broke the news this morning that a prominent Big 12 source said the move is almost complete after six months of work.
Prominent Big 12 source tells the American-Statesman the Texas-OU move to the SEC is almost done. "They've been working on this for a minimum of 6 months, and the A&M leadership was left out of discussions and wasn't told about it." Move could become official in a week.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) July 23, 2021
— Chip Brown (@ChipBrown247) July 23, 2021
The rapid nature of the Oklahoma and Texas departure is perhaps the only shocking part about the two Big 12 bluebloods seeking to join the wealthiest, most stable conference in college football. Just the discussion around their exits has left the Big 12 in disarray, and West Virginia has become somewhat of a doormat in most discussions regarding the future of the conference.
Even if the Big 12 can somehow poach from the AAC, Pac 12 or wherever, WVU’s standing in college football is tenuous at the moment.
With the financial implications of the current Big 12 TV deal, even if Oklahoma and Texas decide to wait until 2025 to officially move to the SEC, it’s clear college football is about to be shaken to the core. If WVU wants to move, and there’s no reason to stay in the Big 12 now, the first choice should be the ACC as soon as possible.