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On Thursday, July 22nd, Texas Tech Chancellor Tedd Mitchell issued a statement concerning recent reports of University of Texas and University of Oklahoma wanting to leave the Big 12.

The Houston Chronicle originally reported that the 2 schools had been talking about switching conferences with SEC officials, and a meeting of school leaders in the Big 12 happened Thursday afternoon. Brett McMurphy said on social media that Oklahoma and Texas officials were not on the Big 12 call on Thursday.

Chancellor Mitchell had this to say:

Like many across our state and within the footprint of our league, I’ve been extremely disappointed by the actions and intentions of our friends in Austin and Norman. From day one of the Big 12 Conference’s existence, Texas Tech has been a proud and trustworthy partner.


As the landscape of collegiate athletics shifts, I can promise Red Raider Nation that our leadership will diligently pursue all options to best position Texas Tech for long-term success.

KAMC News reports that Dustin Burrows, Lubbock lawmaker, raised an objection during the meeting. He says that the University of Texas spends a lot of state money, and that moving to another conference shouldn't be done in secret. Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M have publicly opposed the switch.

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