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Oklahoma Order president Kayse Shrum acknowledged Monday that Oklahoma’s intentions to explore leaving the Extensive 12 are “the outcomes of months of planning with the SEC” and a “obvious breach” of the convention bylaws.
Shrum made the feedback in a assertion and in a chain of tweets. Within the assertion, she referred to as Oklahoma’s actions “strategic” and “deliberate.”
“It’s vague how an Oklahoma establishment of greater education would discover the University of Texas to the detriment of the Order of Oklahoma,” added Shrum, who took over as president on July 1.
The breach claim is in reference to Allotment 3.2 of the Extensive 12’s bylaws, which references third parties attempting to induce a member establishment to go. It requires colleges to say the convention no later than 12 hours afterward, and to “straight and unconditionally reject that provide in a make and formula reasonably acceptable to the Commissioner.”
Earlier Monday, Oklahoma and Texas acknowledged in a joint assertion launched by both colleges that they formally notified the Extensive 12 they would possibly also merely now now not be renewing their grants of media rights after their expiration in 2025.
Extensive 12 sources told ESPN on Monday that the assertion leaves some “wiggle room” and would now not absolutely grunt that the flagship colleges would stay in the league by 2025. The probability stays that they’ll pay the $75 million to $80 million penalty for leaving early, whereas also giving the critical 18 months’ gaze, per Extensive 12 bylaws. Some have speculated that that is the first prison maneuver, and the probability also exists that if the Extensive 12 dissolves ahead of 2025, OU and Texas would now now not be stride to cease by the length of the contract.
The following step would possibly be for Oklahoma and Texas to formally let the SEC know they have to affix the convention. Then the SEC would want 11 of its 14 presidents and chancellors to agree to lengthen an invite to the 2 colleges.
Shrum acknowledged that OSU believes that Oklahoma’s announcement on Monday is the outcomes of ongoing discussions.
“These conversations, which developed over a long length, are a obvious breach of the Extensive 12 Convention bylaws and broke the a long time-long bond of trust between our universities,” she acknowledged in the assertion.
Shrum also tweeted that she has “obtained limitless cell phone calls, texts and emails from high-rating officers and contributors of the Cowboy household showing their strengthen for OSU as we navigate the street ahead. In spite of what comes subsequent, OSU is dedicated to the Order of Oklahoma.”
Meanwhile, the board of regents for Texas A&M, whose officers have expressed concerns about Texas joining the Aggies in the SEC, met by convention name on Monday “for discussion and doubtless circulate on contractual and governance disorders relating to to Texas A&M University and the Southeastern Convention.” The board remained in govt session for roughly 90 minutes and did now not make any public statements.
The board scheduled one other meeting for Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET with the same agenda language. A spokesman acknowledged Monday’s meeting was informational for regents and that Wednesday’s meeting would possibly be performed in person in College Put.
On the opposite hand, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick acknowledged in a tweet that he has asked Order Sen. Jane Nelson to chair a brand contemporary Take Committee on the Contrivance forward for College Sports activities in Texas, “to discover the athletic & financial affect to TX colleges & communities by UT’s exit.”
Patrick acknowledged a hearing will doubtless be held Aug. 2.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich contributed to this account.