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What’s Next for Texas Tech and the Big 12?

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Impact

Now that Oklahoma and Texas are officially joining the SEC, what does that mean for the Red Raiders and the Big 12? Texas Tech has been with Texas since the Southwest conference, which was before the Big 12. Many speculate that if Tech were to leave, that the Pac-12 would be the desired location. Although rebuilding the Big 12 is still an option, what two schools could replace Texas and OU that generate that kind of revenue.

Teams to replace 

Houston and SMU seem like the two teams you could throw into the Big 12. The revenue isn’t necessarily there, but the location and skill level are there. The University of Central Florida has been mentioned as another option. UCF brought in Gus Malzahn as the school’s new head football coach earlier this year.

Pac-12 Scenario 

If Texas Tech were to end up in the Pac-12, many assume TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma State would follow. Texas Tech would most likely be put in the south division of the Pac-12 if this were to happen.

Thoughts on UT/OU departing.

Having OU and Texas leave the Big 12 is saddening to many. The Big 12 has been a solid conference for many years, and now decisions will have to be made soon. OU and Texas have the reputations; however, their play in sports hasn’t been as advertised. Does Texas Tech have the status/ability to join OU and Texas in the SEC potentially?

With OU and Texas not set to take the field with the SEC until the 2025 season, there are sure to be plenty of sources reporting the ongoing situation in the meanwhile.

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Story by Campus Live Intern, Jack Damon

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