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Bob Bowlsby accuses ESPN of tortious interference

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This is a MASSIVE accusation levied against the Worldwide Leader.

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Bowlsby is bringing out the flamethrower. The Big 12 Commissioner is having quite the day, first by sending a “cease and desist” letter to ESPN, and next accusing the Worldwide Leader of tampering with the Big 12.

He’s been busy, talking to Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, and The Athletic, toting a similar line each time.

Bowlsby to SI

So ESPN was working with the American Athletic Conference to try and poach multiple Big 12 schools. This would destabilize the Big 12 enough to potentially dissolve the conference, relieving Texas and Oklahoma from the burden of having to pay a $76 million exit fee and join the SEC sooner.

So how many schools was the AAC planning on poaching, per ESPN’s request?

Bowlsby to Associated Press

Bowlsby to The Athletic

So here we have another accusation of ESPN looking to destabilize the Big 12 enough to get Texas and Oklahoma out of paying their exit fees. Bowlsby goes further in his conversation with The Athletic though, stating that he has evidence.