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ESPN says Big 12 allegations ‘entirely without merit’

CORRECTS DATELINE TO ARLINGTON, TEXAS, NOT DALLAS AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, center, speaks during NCAA college football Big 12 media days Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer
ESPN says Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s accusations are entirely without merit. The Big 12 sent a cease-and-desist letter to ESPN, accusing the cable sports giant of encouraging at least one other conference to raid the Big 12 in an effort to hasten the departure of Texas and Oklahoma to the Southeastern Conference. ESPN exeuctive Burke Magnus says it’s not true and there is “nothing to cease and desist.”


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