BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — According to a statement by the Southeastern Conference, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas have officially submitted their requests to join the conference in 2025.
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 greater academic and athletic achievement across our campuses.SEC Statement
The statement goes on to say that the Chief Executive Officers of the SEC will consider the requests in the near future. A vote of at least three-fourths of the conference’s 14 members is required to invite each school.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowslby issued the following statement in response:
The Big 12 Conference has learned that the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas have submitted formal requests to the SEC to be considered for membership beginning with the 2025-26 athletic year. The events of recent days have verified that the two schools have been contemplating and planning for the transition for months and this formal application is the culmination of those processes. We are unwavering in the belief that the Big 12 provides an outstanding platform for its members’ athletic and academic success. We will face the challenges head-on, and we have confidence that the Big 12 will continue to be a vibrant and successful entity in the near term and into the foreseeable future.Bob Bowslby
The requests come a day after the Sooners and Longhorns announced their decision to not renew their grants of media rights with the Big 12 after 2025.
Bowlsby expressed the conference’s disappointment in a statement and said:
“Like many others, we will use the next four years to fully assess what the landscape will look like in 2025 and beyond. The remaining eight institutions will work together in a collaborative manner to thoughtfully and strategically position the Big 12 Conference for continued success, both athletically and academically, long into the future.”