Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners submit applications to join SEC, with push for 2022 expected
The SEC announced Tuesday that the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma have submitted formal requests to join the conference in 2025.
Here’s more from commissioner Greg Sankey:
“While the SEC has not proactive sought new members, we will pursue significant change when there is a clear consensus among our members that such actions will further enrich the experiences of our student-athletes and lead to greater academic and athletic achievement across our campuses. The Presidents and Chancellors of the SEC, in their capacity as the conference’s Chief Executive Offers, will consider these requests in the near future. Per the Bylaws of the SEC, a vote of at least three-fourths of the SEC’s 14 members is required to extend an invitation for membership.”
The rumblings of the Longhorns and Sooners joining the SEC began in earnest last week, and now we’re going full steam ahead. The schools notified the Big 12 on Monday that they would not be renewing their grants of media rights following their expiration in 2025. Now comes this news of the formal application to join the SEC.
According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, the SEC is expected to vote 14-0 to accept Texas and Oklahoma. The question then will become just when the schools will join the conference. While the current aim is 2025, McMurphy posits there will be an attempt to get them in by 2022.
Texas A&M and Missouri bolted the Big 12 for the greener pastures of the SEC back in 2011, and now it appears the conference is going to grow by two in the very near future. The Big 12 is crumbling, so it will be interesting to see if there will be other defections as well.