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Oklahoma Sooner, Texas Longhors apply for SEC membership

Jul 19, 2021; Hoover, Alabama, USA; SEC commissioner Greg Sankey speaks to the media during SEC Media Days at Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 19, 2021; Hoover, Alabama, USA; SEC commissioner Greg Sankey speaks to the media during SEC Media Days at Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma and Texas formally applied to join the Southeastern Conference in 2025.

The SEC released a statement Tuesday as the Big 12 Conference schools revealed separate meetings for their university governing bodies to discuss the next stops in conference alignment later this week.

“The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, two esteemed academic institutions with storied athletics programs, today submitted formal requests for invitations to become members of the Southeastern Conference in 2025,” the league said in a statement. “While the SEC has not proactively sought new members, we will pursue significant change when there is a clear consensus among our members that such actions will further enrich the experiences of our student-athletes, and lead to a greater academic and athletic achievement across our campuses. The Presidents and Chancellors of the SEC, in their capacity as the conference’s Chief Executive Officers, will consider these requests in the near future.

A formal vote of the SEC’s current 14 member institutions will be taken and three-fourths approval is required before the league can offer membership to Oklahoma and Texas.

Oklahoma and Texas said in a joint statement they have reached out to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and “look forward to the prospect of future discussions regarding the matter.”

–Field Level Media