Texas Tech Chancellor: 'Disappointed by the actions and intentions of our friends in Austin and Norman'


Over the past few days, Oklahoma and Texas have dominated college sports headlines after reports suggested the two schools plan to leave the Big 12.

A report arose, suggesting the Sooners and Longhorns reached out to the SEC about joining the conference. The two schools reportedly want to create a 16-team super-league.

Fans are having a difficult time accepting the possibility that the two biggest schools in the Big 12 might leave. Other school’s officials aren’t taking the news well either.

On Thursday afternoon, Texas Tech Chancellor Tedd Mitchell gave his thoughts. It’s clear he’s not happy.

“Like many across our state and within the footprint of our league, I’ve been extremely disappointed by the actions and intentions of our friends in Austin and Norman,” he said.

“From day one of the Big 12 Conference’s existence, Texas Tech has been a proud and trustworthy partner,” he continued. “As the landscape of collegiate athletics shifts, I can promise Red Raider Nation that our leadership will diligently pursue all options to best position Texas Tech for long-term success.”

It’s unclear if Texas and Oklahoma will actually leave the Big 12. However, it is very clear that others members of the conference are not happy.

Other schools might be looking for a new home in the next few years as well.

Big 12 administrators met late Thursday afternoon to discuss the developments but representatives from Oklahoma and Texas did not participate in the call, according to multiple reports. The next step will be a group of Big 12 presidents connected with leadership at OU and Texas for more insight. But for now, the Big 12 released a statement that reads as follows:

Oklahoma and Texas are founding members of the Big 12 and we value their traditions and history of success.

The eight members strongly desire to retain the current composition, which has proven it can compete at the highest levels.

There is a recognition that institutions may act in their own self-interest, however there is an expectation that members adhere to Conference bylaws and the enforcement of Grant of Rights agreements.

This is a time of dramatic change within intercollegiate athletics that presents both opportunities and challenges, and the Big 12 Conference looks forward to continuing to play a major role in its evolution.

Citing "a high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation," the Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman first reported that the SEC could announce the additions of the Longhorns and Sooners "within a couple of weeks." Yes, things may move that quickly.

While SEC commissioner Greg Sankey along with officials from Texas and Oklahoma have all released statements refusing to comment on these reports, there have been no outward denials to this point. This despite resistance from some tangential parties, namely Texas A&M (not wanting another Lone Star State team in the SEC) and Oklahoma State (not wanting to be left alone in the Big 12).

This is the second time in just over a decade that the Longhorns and Sooners have given serious consideration to leaving the Big 12. Back during the last round of realignment, the programs (along with the Cowboys) came within 30 minutes of leaving for what was then the Pac-10.

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