Bob Bowlsby’s latest statement makes it clear that the Big 12 commissioner has every intention of hanging on to Texas and Oklahoma for the next four years.
Bowlsby, in reaction to the SEC’s announcement to invite Texas and Oklahoma to the conference, released a statement hours after the SEC vote took place.
Despite our concerns for the process and for the overall health of college athletics, we will do everything possible to make sure that the student-athletes at both universities enjoy an excellent experience throughout the remaining four years of their participation and competition in the Big 12 Conference,” Bowlsby said.
Four years appears to be optimistic on Bowlsby’s part.
That’s when Texas’ and Oklahoma’s grant of rights deal with the Big 12. However, as AL.com reports, no one in college athletics expects the schools to stay in the Big 12 for that length of time.
Each university would have to pay a penalty of at least $75 million to $80 million to break that agreement — or hope that the Big 12 dissolves before the contract expires.
Furthermore, Bowlsby, once again, shared he was “disappointed” with the way his two biggest brands exited his conference.
“Today’s SEC announcement reaffirms that these plans have been in the works with ongoing discussions between the parties and television partner for some time,” he said. “We are disappointed these discussions went as far as they did without notice to, or inclusion of, other Big 12 members.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.