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The Next Steps for Oklahoma and Texas Joining the SEC Are in Place

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With Oklahoma and Texas officially leaving the Big 12, the next steps in their pursuit of joining the SEC have been laid out.

According to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, the SEC presidents will hold a league meeting on Thursday to discuss the matter of Oklahoma and Texas joining the conference. With the two Big 12 teams announcing their intentions to not renew their grant of rights in 2025, they opened the door for an SEC move.

While they haven’t applied for SEC membership yet, it appears to only be a formality at this point, and the next step would be a vote among the SEC presidents to see whether Oklahoma and Texas would be accepted.

Texas A&M has been very vocal against Oklahoma and Texas (Texas specifically) joining the conference it joined to leave Texas just a decade ago, and while they may veto the Big 12 powerhouses from joining the SEC, it doesn’t seem likely the conference as a whole will exclude Oklahoma and Texas.

Texas A&M does appear to be discussing their options, however. The Texas A&M regents met at 5 p.m. CT Monday to discuss options regarding their “possible action on contractual and governance issues relating to Texas A&M University and the Southeastern Conference.”

Texas A&M doesn’t appear to be the only school harboring ill will toward Oklahoma and Texas. Oklahoma State president Dr. Kayse Shrum issued a strong response to the exit. Shrum wrote how, “we believe these conversations, which developed over a long period of time, are in clear breach of the bylaws of the Big 12 Conference and broke a bond of trust between our universities in existence for decades.”

Additionally, she said the discussions between Oklahoma (and Texas) and the SEC, “which developed over a long period of time, are in clear breach of the bylaws of the Big 12 Conference and broke a bond of trust between our universities in existence for decades.” Her further statements can be read in her Twitter post’s thread.

Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec, a member of the Big 12’s executive committee, expressed his disappointment “that two members have elected not to renew their media rights.” His response didn’t name Oklahoma and Texas explicitly.

Schonavec’s message echoed the sentiments of the Big 12 bolstering the Texas Tech brand and how Texas Tech will continue to strive for the best for their position within collegiate athletics and strive for success athletically and financially for Tech’s athletic programs in the future.

Kansas State’s statement, from president Richard Myers and athletics director Gene Taylor, wasn’t as venomous as Oklahoma State’s, but Kansas State said they’d continue to be, “eager to collaborate and position ourselves for continued success.” Like almost every Big 12 school, KS echoed the sentiment of every effort being taken to ensure the best for the school moving forward.

Undoubtedly, more Big 12 schools will come forward with statements, many likely echoing the sentiments of disappointment with Oklahoma and Texas, and the promise to strive for greater success among student-athletes in the program heading forward in the future.

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