The SEC has officially — and unanimously — voted to accept both Oklahoma and Texas into the conference, effective July 1, 2025. And now, the Big 12 has responded.
AP‘s Ralph D. Russo shared Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s statement, and it’s safe to say he’s still not pleased with the two biggest conference members exiting the Big 12 for the SEC.
Statement from the Big 12 pic.twitter.com/cGMOJjpgrL
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) July 29, 2021
Bowlsby, who has been on a surge over the past 24 hours with a strong statement toward ESPN, once again expressed his disappointment in Oklahoma and Texas that, “discussions went as far as they did without notice, or inclusion of, other Big 12 members.”
However, Bowlsby said the Big 12, “will do everything possible to make sure that the student-athletes at both universities enjoy an excellent experience throughout the remaining four years of their participation and competition in the Big 12 conference.”
Although Bowlsby is likely sharing these sentiments, particularly the four years of continued Big 12 competition for Oklahoma and Texas student-athletes, out of respect and necessity, you have to wonder how long it will take for the two Big 12 schools to find a way out of the Big 12 for the SEC.
Both Oklahoma and Texas are expected to accept their SEC invitations at individual press conferences tomorrow afternoon.