Texas Lt. Governor forms special committee after UT and OU commit to leave Big 12

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at a press conference on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Nexstar Photo/Chris Nelson)

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced the formation of a special committee on the future of college sports in Texas. The committee includes State Senator Charles Perry of Lubbock. State Representative Dustin Burrows of Lubbock will also participate.

The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma announced their intention to withdraw their “grant of rights” from the Big 12 in 2025. They also asked for an invitation to join the SEC. Texas Tech voiced objections as did other schools in the Big 12.

Burrows already announced legislation to prevent UT from switching athletic conferences without first getting permission from lawmakers.

The Big 12 issued a statement earlier in the day promising to hit these new challenges (the loss of OU and UT) head on.

The following is a statement from the office of lieutenant governor:

Lt. Gov. Patrick Establishes Select Committee on the Future of College Sports in Texas

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced yesterday that he has established the Senate Select Committee on the Future of College Sports in Texas, to be chaired by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to study the athletic and economic impact to Texas schools and communities by the University of Texas leaving the Big 12.

“Collegiate athletics bring Texans together in celebration of our state’s rich athletic heritage and our Texas identity. It is vital that the Texas Senate understand the economic and athletic impact of the University of Texas leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.”

The Senate Select Committee on the Future of College Sports in Texas will meet on Monday, August 2, 2021.

The Senate Select Committee on the Future of College Sports in Texas includes:

Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, Chairman
Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, Vice Chair
Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury
Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen
Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola
Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham
Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock
Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson
Sen. Drew Springer, R-Muenster
Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood
Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston

Because of the Democrat walk-out, the Texas House is unable to conduct a hearing on this issue. Lt. Gov. Patrick reached out to three members of the Texas House to ask them to participate in the discussion and they agreed. They each are one of the representatives of the 3 Texas schools that would remain in the Big 12 should the University of Texas leave.

Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth
Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock
Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco

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