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Formal invitation from Southeastern Conference allows Texas, Oklahoma to SEC-ede from Big 12​

Texas is moving to the SEC after a formal invitation from the conference. (Texas Football/Twitter)

Representatives of the Southeastern Conference voted unanimously (14-0) to formally invite the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma to the prestigious football league.


On Tuesday, UT and Oklahoma requested to join in 2025 after deciding not to continue their media rights with current conference Big 12 in that same year. The two teams are likely to try to join before July 1, 2025, when they were officially invited by the SEC.

Expect the SEC to rekindle that bitter Aggie-Longhorn rivalry, embrace higher-stakes games and rake in even higher television ratings and sponsorship deals. With 16 teams, the SEC will become the NCAA's first superconference. Meanwhile, the Big 12 is likely to drag their feet on the deal and could crumble without their two biggest teams.

While the unanimous vote shows otherwise, a blindsided Texas A&M was not initially happy with rival UT coming into their conference. By BLANK, A&M Athletic Director Ross Bjork said the university had changed its mind. "We're ready," Bjork said.

If the two teams accept the invitation, the burnt orange and maroon will meet for a rivalry game for the first time since 2011.

UT and Oklahoma officials will meet Friday morning to presumably accept the invitation.

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