The news on the Big 12 Conference’s attempts to keep the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns is never-ending. According to a new report on Wednesday, the conference sent a cease and desist letter to ESPN.
The network has a huge part with both the SEC Network and Longhorns Network. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported the conference sending the letter.
The Big 12 has sent a “cease and desist” letter to ESPN. The letter demands ESPN end “all actions that may harm the conference and its members and that it not communicate with the Big 12 Conference’s existing members or any NCAA conference regarding the Big 12 conference’s members, possible conference realignment or potential financial incentive or outcomes related to possible conference realignment.” – Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports
This is coming off the heels of both schools sending a letter to the SEC for an invitation. All 14 schools are set to vote on Oklahoma and Texas’ invitation on Thursday. It appears as though ESPN has been in contact with at least one Big 12 school and is likely trying to recruit more members to leave. Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated obtained a copy of the report.
This could be the conference’s biggest effort to keep the other eight schools in-house. We will update this story as more information becomes available.