It could be happening as soon as next year. Oklahoma and Texas’ move from the Big 12 to the SEC that is. Based on reports that were then confirmed by Oklahoma and the Southeastern Conference itself, current SEC programs Tennessee and Georgia were directed to not play their scheduled home-and-home non-conference series against Oklahoma.
The instant this news hit the college football world, speculation immediately began to ramp up that this was due to a push for Oklahoma and Texas to just become actual SEC members as soon as next season. To this point, it appeared their official move would not be until 2025 despite new Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark saying he would be willing to agree to a scenario that Oklahoma and Texas could depart the conference earlier if it was a “win-win” scenario for both sides. This was even the case as recently as July when the SEC stated Oklahoma and Texas would become official members on January 1, 2025.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 14, 2022
With many now wondering what changed, few are likely surprised over anything concerning the change in the Big 12 conference since it was announced the two most prominent members were leaving the conference they helped to make among the “Power 5” in the country.
In response to losing the Sooners and Long Horns, the Big 12 will be adding Cincinnati, BYU, Houston and UCF to the conference.
WV Sports Now will continue to offer updates on the future of the Big 12 – the conference the Mountaineers have called home since 2012.