Throughout the history of its athletic department, the Texas Longhorns have been members of four different intercollegiate athletic conferences. Over the past 125 years, Texas has been a part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Southwest Conference, and Big 12 Conference.
Coaches often call recruiting the lifeblood of their programs, and some of the best recruiters in the nation call the Southeastern Conference home. Half of the SEC’s 14 members have brought in at least one composite top-10 class during the last four cycles. Several teams are staples within the top five, including Alabama, Georgia, and LSU.
On Monday, the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma made it clear to the Big 12 they wanted out of the conference. On Tuesday, the two schools officially signaled their intended destination.
On Monday, the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma officially informed the Big 12 they would not renew their grant of media rights with the conference, the first official step in the process for the two schools to eventually leave the 10-team league.
With good reason, most of the attention on reported interest from Texas and Oklahoma in joining the Southeastern Conference focuses on football. The two programs have combined to win 11 national championships, produced nine Heisman Trophy winners, and placed 262 players on the All-America first team.
Redshirt sophomore Ivan Melendez was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 16th round of the 2021 MLB draft. Last Thursday, he told El Paso's KTSM he hoped to make a decision within a week on whether he would return to Austin or begin his professional career. Wednesday, the Titanic announced he would play another season at the Disch.
When Keondre Coburn followed Bijan Robinson at a media breakout session at Big 12 Media Days, it was the first time in months a Longhorn defender spoke to the press. Coburn was peppered with questions about the previous season, Steve Sarkisian, and the rest of the new coaches.
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian has 15 practices under his belt in Austin, but that was not enough data for him to make a decision on what he calls the most important position in sports -- quarterback.
Progress under Torre Becton on the strength and conditioning front, tidbits from Steve Sarkisian's presentation at the THSCA coaches school, more names for Texas' late July recruiting BBQ, and another target to know for Chris Beard's program.