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Texas, Oklahoma officially request a move to the SEC

Texas has filed an official request to switch conferences to the SEC alongside Oklahoma. (Texas Football/Instagram)

The University of Texas and Oklahoma have submitted formal requests to switch from the Big 12 Conference to the Southeastern Conference, the SEC reported Tuesday morning.

The two Big 12 powerhouses officially requested to join the conference on July 1, 2025, but are likely to negotiate an earlier start date. If the move is approved, the Big 12 conference will likely be dissolved.

The news comes after the Houston Chronicle reported that both teams were seeking to leave the conference and join the SEC, effectively creating the first NCAA superconference. Both universities announced on Monday they are not renewing their Big 12 media rights after they expire in 2025.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey wrote in a statement that the two teams would only join if conference leadership agreed that the two teams are a good fit to join.

"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," Sankey wrote.

SEC team Texas A&M, the counterpart to a storied rivalry with Texas that ended in 2009, initially appeared to be blindsided by the news but have changed their outlook on the move. A&M Athletic Director Ross Bjork, who first said that the university was happy to be the only Texas club in the conference, has since turned around. "We're ready," Bjork said.

If approved, the burnt orange and maroon will meet for a rivalry game for the first time since 2011.

Texas and Oklahoma will need to be approved by three-fourths of SEC's 14 members in order to receive an invitation. Leaders in the SEC will meet to discuss the news on Thursday.


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