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Listen In, Lubbock: Big 12 Change Leaves Tech In The Lurch

Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

Update: On Thursday the Pac-12 announced that it will not expand its membership and the Big 12 athletic conference is exploring options for expansion. 

The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma announced they will leave the Big 12 athletic conference by the 2024-2025 academic year. The loss of Texas Tech’s fiercest competitors has left the university in a vulnerable position, and the economic hit could ripple out the community of Lubbock. The potential multi-million-dollar hit has caused lawmakers to circle back to an old debate surrounding the allocations of the Permanent University Fund (PUF)--money that Tech does not receive.


Don Williams, sports writer, Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Sarah Self-Walbrick, senior reporter, Texas Tech Public Media

Helpful Links:

Williams column: Pac-12's decision latest body blow to Big 12

Williams: UT exiting Big 12 for SEC not a plus for Red Raiders

Hocutt 'not pleased' at Big 12's exclusion from other conferences' partnership talks

Lawmakers concerned about UT leaving Big 12 conference make their case to Gov. Greg Abbott's office, from The Texas Tribune

After Big 12 Changes, West Texans Question Equity Of One Higher Education Fund, from Sarah Self-Walbrick

Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.
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