You folks got a minute?

Here’s the official announcement.

“While the SEC has not proactively sought…”  is how you know they ran it by the lawyers first.

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UPDATE:  Allow Bob Bowlsby to retort.

The Big 12 Conference has learned that the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas have submitted formal requests to the SEC to be considered for membership beginning with the 2025-26 athletic year. The events of recent days have verified that the two schools have been contemplating and planning for the transition for months and this formal application is the culmination of those processes. We are unwavering in the belief that the Big 12 provides an outstanding platform for its members’ athletic and academic success. We will face the challenges head-on, and we have confidence that the Big 12 will continue to be a vibrant and successful entity in the near term and into the foreseeable future.

And “… the two schools have been contemplating and planning for the transition for months…” is how you know he ran it by the lawyers first.

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37 responses to “You folks got a minute?

  1. “While the SEC has not proactively sought…” that is RICH!

    I guess that just means that Texas and OU made it obvious at the bar they wanted to be hit on?

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    • gastr1

      I was left with “there is a clear consensus among our members…” Really? Silent majority and all that, I guess?

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    • pdawg30577

      I’m wondering how this news is playing in Texas and Oklahoma. How do their fans feel about it? There’s only so many opponents’ blogs a man can lurk on.

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  2. Salty Dawg

    First shoe dropped.

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  3. UGA’s time for leverage to preserve the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry as an annual affair is never greater than it will be now.

    AU, UGA, A&M, and pick one other team – perhaps UF or UT under threat of losing Cocktail Party or the Third Saturday in October as annual affairs – could force SEC to address structure/future conference scheduling now as a condition to admit OK/TX.

    I’m guessing A&M will always be opposed to TX/OK admission, but perhaps there’s enough of a pound of flesh they can extract from SEC, along with the scheduling/structure of the conference prospectively, to make them less disgruntled.

    All sorts of fun behind the scenes drama in store for us…

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    • Governor, I don’t think the incoming President of the Board (Jere Morehead) of the SEC is going to make any waves over this.

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    • 69Dawg

      Alabama & Auburn to the east, Mizzou to the west. Only UF loses LSU and I’m sure they will not GAS about that. The East will have to deal with Saban.

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    • otto1980

      I am still all for UGA leaving the SEC if the WLOCP or UGA/Auburn is no longer annual. I would try to take A&M in the move.

      Do I expect it to happen? No.

      I have suspected my days as a CFB fan are limited, this just moves the timeline up. Enjoy it while you can. I will be watching this year but will not be buying anymore apparel or memorabilia.

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      • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

        FWIW that is exactly what caused Nebraska to leave the Big 12–the loss of the annual OU-Nebraska game due to conference expansion.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          I thought Nebraska went to the Big 10 because the Big 10 shared a shitload more money than the Big 12.

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      • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

        You raise an interesting question I had not considered. What if ATM and UGA switched to the Big 12? Particularly if some other SEC teams (like UT and FU) went with them? Not advocating this but just a thought.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          What reason would UGA would leave the SEC for the Big 1w that would outweigh the huge financial hit it would take?

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  4. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    I think what you meant to ask, Senator was, “You folks got a SHOVEL?

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  5. Derek

    When is orientation?

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  6. mddawg

    I’m sure the SEC didn’t proactively seek new members in the same way that coaches don’t proactively seek players before they’ve entered the transfer portal.

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  7. godawgs1701

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  8. miltondawg

    Bingo, Senator. In reading the comments from Oklahoma State’s president in one of your other posts today, this seems like a direct contradiction of her to prevent some blow up of this thing under violation of Big XII bylaws.

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  9. californiadawg

    “… clear consensus among our members that such actions will further enrich the experiences of our student-athletes and lead to greater academic and athletic achievement across our campuses.”

    Feeling hungover from rolling my eyes so hard.

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  10. whb209

    If Sankey had stated that the SEC had started this conversation, it would have prompted a hell of a law suite.
    (Derek- that was great)

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  11. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “…enrich the experiences of our student athletes and lead to greater academic and athletic achievement…

    New NCAA, same as the old NCAA. Come on, man, we know it’s about the money.

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  12. charlottedawg

    Only thing missing is a sentence or two about doing what’s best for the shareholders, oh right I forgot these schools and their athletic departments are “non profits” the revenue they generate is purely coincidental.

    My favorite sentence is the one about “enriching the experiences of our student-athletes and lead to greater academic achievements”. I would bet money that was never discussed. at all.

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  13. MGW

    I don’t like this at all. It’s like watching your buddy marry a girl who is smoking hot but an absolute train wreck who gets along with nobody; they’re inevitably going to get divorced in spectacular fashion, but not before she ruins him financially, and births a kid that turns out to not look a whole lot like him by the time it’s about 2 and he’s already fully attached to it.

    But they’ll have fun for a few years, so there’s that.

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  14. miltondawg

    I said this in another thread, but it is worth saying here. I don’t think that UT(a) or OU get to the SEC before 24. It might well be the 25 season unless the Big XII formally dissolves before then (which OU and UT will vote for hands down). The language being used is specific that it is to join for the 25 season which takes legal action off the table for the Big XII. Will the Big XII stick together through the 24/25 academic year or will it dissolve prior to the 25/26 academic year allowing UT and OU to move earlier? That is the big question. I haven’t looked, but I would be interested in knowing if the other eight Big XII members can seek to add teams now (like UCF, CIncy, etc.) to keep the conference afloat and force OU and UT to stay in the Big XII until 25/26 academic year. Ultimately, that hurts UT the most and OU less so. For the next year or two, Sark is going to have a hard time getting the top Texas recruits to come to UT if they have a belief that they might not ever get to play in the SEC.

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    • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

      In spite of all the Alf serving language from Texas, OU and the SEC the two schools are already in breach of contract because they sought to join the SEC and contacted the SEC on the QT about it. The penalty is owed now, not 4 years from now. Whether the Big 12 wants to enforce it now or wait is up to the Big 12.

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    • stoopnagle

      It all depends on how bad ESPN wants it to happen. They may need to dismantle the ACC or Pac-12 first.

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  15. gotthepicture

    Lawyers FTW!

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  16. Scotty King

    Sankey – always be ‘crootin’

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  17. Joe Blow

    “Greater enhance academic achievement “. George Orwell is laughing in his grave.

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  18. uga97

    “…the SEC has not proactively sought…”

    Interpretation: We reactively received a call from a burner phone located on both Tex & OK campuses…lol

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  19. Hogbody Spradlin

    Bowlsby’s bit about contemplation made me think of:
    “It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was planned many days or even weeks ago,”

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