Finalizing a move that has apparently been in the works for months, Texas and Oklahoma announced Monday that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights with the Big 12. That rights deal ends in 2025 and those schools could be stuck in the Big 12 until then, but I’m going to assume they wiggle out before then.
While this enormous power play ensures that the SEC will be a top dog in college athletics as long as there are college athletics, the future implications for others are less clear. The Big Ten ain’t worried about its future either, and it will be negotiating a new TV deal very soon, so it too might be looking to counter with an ambitious move. Over at CBS Sports, Dennis Dodd floats the idea of the Big Ten raiding the Pac-12.
As for the ACC, Dodd reports that Clemson is “totally committed” to the league, which is good news for the conference, and by extension, NC State. It hardly makes the ACC immune from being raided—and Clemson could always reconsider—but that support means a lot right now.
I don’t know that any expansion options make sense for the ACC at this point, short of adding Notre Dame as a full-time member in football. But that still feels highly unlikely, since it ain’t like the ACC gained a bunch of leverage through this latest shakeup. I guess we’ll see.