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Report: Oklahoma, Texas Skipping Big 12’s Call Tonight

The Big 12 conference organized a call for Thursday evening amidst widespread speculation that Oklahoma and Texas are planning a move out of the league and into the SEC. Big 12 leaders wanted to get out ahead of these rumors and address them head on with important figures at the necessary schools.

But the two athletics programs rumored to be jumping ship reportedly won’t be in attendance for that call. According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Oklahoma and Texas are not expected to be a part of the Big 12’s meeting on Thursday night.

“Multiple sources have indicated to Yahoo Sports that Oklahoma and Texas are not expected to take part in the Big 12 call this evening,” Thamel wrote on Twitter. “As we reported earlier, it’s a call to discuss the future and contingencies.”

The latest report should concern the rest of the Big 12 conference and may indicate that there’s more legitimacy to these rumors than originally thought. If Oklahoma and Texas aren’t willing to show face to the rest of the league, it’s possible that they’re already deep into planning their exit.

Both schools gave non-answers when asked about the Wednesday report that they were exploring a move to the SEC in the near future. Rather than firmly dispel the rumors, Oklahoma and Texas chose to not address the rumors at all.

Texas issued a statement that said, “speculation swirls around collegiate athletics. We will not address rumors or speculation.”

Oklahoma made a strikingly similar comment. “The college athletics landscape is shifting constantly. We don’t address every anonymous rumor.”

If neither school attends Thursday’s important Big 12 meeting, it’ll be difficult to tell what the next move will be from either one. The rest of the conference will be stuck in limbo, left waiting to see what Oklahoma and Texas plan to do.

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