Oklahoma and Texas accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025 on Friday, worried that their storied athletic programs were in danger of losing ground if they stayed in the Big 12.
New father and Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes received a surprise from his daughter, Sterling Skye, to let him know that he had been admitted to the 99 Club for the third year in a row.
The Presidents and Chancellors of the SEC voted unanimously to invite Texas and Oklahoma into the conference. The two schools will join the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2025 and will compete in all sports for the 2025-26 academic year.
ESPN responded Thursday to the Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s accusations of attempting to destabilize his beleaguered conference by saying it has engaged in no wrongful conduct and “there is nothing to cease and desist.”
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused ESPN of encouraging other conferences to pick apart the league so Texas and Oklahoma can move to the Southeastern Conference more quickly and without paying a massive buyout.
“It has come to my direct attention that ESPN, the current business partner of the Big 12 Conference, has taken certain actions that are intended to not only harm the Big 12 Conference but to result in financial benefits for ESPN,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby wrote.
The Big 12 Conference Executive Committee held a meeting with Presidents from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas to discuss proposals to “strengthen the conference and be mutually beneficial to OU and UT.”
The Big 12 athletic directors and university presidents and chancellors held a call Thursday to be briefed on what’s going on with Texas and Oklahoma, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press.
A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the AP on Wednesday night there have been discussions between Texas and Oklahoma and SEC officials about switching conferences, but no formal invitations have been extended.
Construction of Junction City’s new high school building has delayed the start of school by two weeks to August 25th, but although classes are delayed, the start of high school athletics will continue on time, but in alternate locations.
Riley County track gold medalist Ames Burton will take her talents to the SEC as she joins the University of Missouri Track Team. While she leaves behind the Falcons, she represents the Riley County community at the next level.
Kansas City Royals prospects Nick Pratto and Bobby Witt Jr. have both been promoted to Triple-A Omaha, the club announced on Sunday. Both had spent the first part of the season with Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, Northwest Arkansas.
Al Fong, the personal coach for both Eaker and fellow Olympic alternate Leanne Wong, confirmed the positive test in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. Wong said Eaker, 18, was vaccinated against the novel coronavirus two months ago.