As expected, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns have formally notified the SEC they are seeking “an invitation for membership” beginning July 1, 2025, according to a joint statement from the schools on Tuesday.
Per the release, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey received the request on Tuesday morning.
“The two universities look forward to the prospect of discussion regarding the matter,” the statement said, according to ESPN’s Heather Dinich.
“We believe that there would be mutual benefit to the Universities on the one hand, and the SEC on the other hand, for the Universities to become members of the SEC.”
“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 said in a statement. “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.”