“The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oklahoma sent the request below to Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey this morning,” the statement said. “The joint application is for an invitation to become a member of the SEC effective July 1, 2025. Both universities look forward to discussions on this matter. “
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey issued his own statement acknowledging the letter, but officially noted that the conference had “not proactively sought new members.” Yet the transition seems imminent. The presidents and chancellors of the conferences are said to have scheduled a meeting on Thursday to discuss the addition of the two Blue Bloods. A three-quarter majority vote – equal to 11 of 14 conference members – must approve the expansion in order to add teams.
“The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, two reputable academic institutions with legendary athletic programs, today submitted formal requests for invitations to become members of the Southeastern Conference in 2025. Sankey said. “While the SEC has not proactively sought out new members, we will pursue significant changes when there is a clear consensus among our members that such actions will further enrich the experiences of our student-athletes and lead to better experiences. better academic and sports results on our campuses. “
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the two schools seeking admission to the SEC.
“The Big 12 Conference has learned that the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas have submitted formal requests to the SEC for their membership to be considered from the sports year 2025-2026,” said he declared. “The events of the past few days have confirmed that both schools have been considering and planning this transition for months and this official candidacy is the culmination of those processes. We are unwavering in the belief that the Big 12 provides an exceptional platform for its members. athletic and academic success. We will face the challenges head-on and are confident that the Big 12 will continue to be a dynamic and successful entity in the short term and for the foreseeable future. “
Oklahoma and Texas issued a joint statement on Monday announcing that they would not renew their rights-granting agreement with the Big 12, which expires in 2025. This marked the first step in their likely transition to the SEC. While both schools have said they will honor the rest of their deal, this could be a legal posture and not an actual timeline for their departure.
If Texas and Oklahoma were to leave the Big 12 sooner – perhaps as early as next year – they could each owe up to $ 80 million in income distributions as a penalty for leaving before the expiration. of the television rights contract.