SEC officially invites OU, Texas to join conference

It’s official, and it’s unanimous.

The Southeastern Conference presidents and chancellors voted Thursday to invite Oklahoma and Texas to join the SEC.

According to the SEC’s news release, the two universities would join the SEC on July 1, 2025 with competition to start in all sports for the 2025-26 academic year. It is very possible though that OU and Texas could get out of the Big 12 early – possibly paying big money to do it – and join the SEC as early as 2022.

“Today’s unanimous vote is both a testament to the SEC’s longstanding spirit of unity and mutual cooperation, as well as a recognition of the outstanding legacies of academic and athletic excellence established by the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “I greatly appreciate the collective efforts of our Presidents and Chancellors in considering and acting upon each school’s membership interest.”

Both the University of Oklahoma Board or Regents and the University of Texas Board of Regents have special meetings scheduled for Friday morning. They’re expected to officially accept the SEC’s invitation then.