It has been a foregone conclusion for several days now, but Texas and Oklahoma officially informed the Big 12 on Monday they will not renew their media rights past the current deal which runs until 2025. In plainer terms, they're out.
And it's unlikely the two schools even remain in the conference all the way through this current deal. They just can't say that yet.
I just want to travel back in time less than a week to last Wednesday, when nobody had heard a word about this. Now here we are on the following Monday and it's not only already a done deal that Texas and Oklahoma will be in the SEC in the near future, but we're also talking about Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan?!
The Devil works hard, but Greg Sankey works harder, folks.
It feels like we're just now seeing the tip of the iceberg. I think this is the domino which will start a chain reaction that leads to a college football landscape which, in five to 10 years, will be unrecognizable from what it is now. And I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, it's just the way this is going to go.
Kansas has already reached out to the Big Ten. I'm sure the ACC and Pac-12 are working out what they want to do right now. And don't forget Notre Dame is still sitting out there for the ACC and Big Ten to attempt to woo. We're heading towards four super conferences and possibly even the long-rumored Power Five breakaway from the NCAA.
But for now, all we have confirmed is that Texas and Oklahoma are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC — which in and of itself is already likely the biggest move in the history of collegiate athletics. If you thought realignment a decade ago was a wild ride, you ain't seen nothing yet. Buckle up.