The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners will stay bitter rivals for the foreseeable future. It simply received’t be within the Large 12 after the 2023 season.
It was beforehand famous that the 2 faculty soccer powerhouses have been set to leave that conference for the SEC after the 2024 marketing campaign.
In keeping with ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, their departures will now be expedited with the 2 shifting on to the SEC after the upcoming season.
“By reaching this settlement, we are actually in a position to speed up our new starting as a 12-team league,” Large 12 commissioner Brett Yormark mentioned in a press release, through Rittenberg.
As soon as Texas and Oklahoma transfer on to the SEC, it’s going to turn out to be the primary 16-team main convention within the faculty soccer world with realignment possible within the playing cards. This may possible embrace the 2 heated rivals heading to the SEC West with Alabama and Georgia headlining the SEC East division.
As a part of their settlement to go away for the SEC, Texas and Oklahoma can pay out a mixed $100 million to the Large 12. This sum will reportedly be distributed among the many eight legacy Large 12 packages as a manner to assist offset the anticipated lower in income for the 2024 faculty soccer season.
Central Florida, Houston and Cincinnati will be a part of the Large 12 Convention in July after reaching a buyout settlement with the American Athletic Convention. In the meantime, BYU will even be a part of the convention for soccer this coming fall.
There’s additionally an expectation that the Large 12 will finally poach Pac-12 soccer packages sooner or later within the not-so-distant future.
As for Texas and Oklahoma, it’s going to be tougher present within the SEC. The Longhorns posted an 8-5 file underneath Steve Sarkisian this previous season, whereas the Sooners have been a mere 6-7 of their first season with out legendary head coach Lincoln Riley.