Bob Bowlsby has directly accused ESPN of tampering in a comment to the Associated Press. This is a wild turn of events.

Sports Illustrated has obtained the full “cease and desist” letter from the Big 12 to ESPN. It appears that ESPN - beyond the possible tampering with Texas and Oklahoma - has also been attempting to work with another conference to convince at least one additional school to leave the Big 12. The school is unknown, but my guess would be West Virginia to the ACC.

Well, the Big 12 is starting to put up a fight, rather than just watch the conference fade away. The Big 12 sent a “cease and desist” letter to ESPN on Wednesday afternoon, first reported by Pete Thamel.

This is an attempt to keep ESPN from any further conversations with Texas and Oklahoma about their potential entrance into the SEC.