After the SEC unanimously voted to extend an invitation to both Oklahoma and Texas at an SEC league meeting yesterday afternoon, the two Big 12 powerhouses only had to wait until Friday afternoon to accept.
The Athletic‘s Stewart Mandel reported the news Friday afternoon, highlighting, “a monumental moment in the history of college athletics.”
Texas and Oklahoma have officially accepted invitations to the SEC.
A monumental moment in the history of college athletics.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 30, 2021
The SEC shared a statement Friday, announcing the addition of Oklahoma and Texas, effective July 1, 2025. The two schools are expected to begin SEC competition, according to the SEC, in the 2025-26 academic year.
NEWS | The @SEC today announced that the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas will become members effective July 1, 2025, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2025-26 academic year.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) July 30, 2021
The SEC’s statement featured a quote from Jere Morehead, the SEC president and current president of the University of Georgia:
“The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. Both universities are prestigious academic institutions with strong athletics programs similar in tradition, culture and success to our current member universities. We look forward to a productive and successful future together beginning in 2025.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey called the additions of Oklahoma and Texas, “an important moment for the long-term future of the Southeastern Conference and our member universities.” Additionally, he said he looked forward to seeing both schools competing in the SEC starting in the 2025-26 academic year.
With the expected addition of Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC, the only question now will be exactly when the two start competing in the conference. It almost certainly will not be in 2025-26 like the SEC is posturing.