SEC unanimously extends welcome to Texas and Oklahoma

View of the SEC logo in Vanderbilt's locker room for 2019 game between the Commodores and Missouri Tigers
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The SEC will officially become college football’s first superconference in 2025.

According to a statement from the office in Birmingham, Ala., the Southeastern Conference unanimously voted (14-0) to add the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma.

Both schools will be effective to join the conference on July 1, 2025. Per the press release, competition in sports for both schools will begin the 2025-26 academic year.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey communicated the invitations to the presidents of both institutions.

“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 Commissioner Sankey. “I greatly appreciate the collective efforts of our Presidents and Chancellors in considering and acting upon each school’s membership interest.”

The idea of Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 was a conversation that started in climaxing SEC Football Media Days. Since then, the dialogue has come to fruition.

As of next season, the SEC will have 16 schools in action.

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