Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the SEC, announced that he received applications from Oklahoma and Texas in a press release.
“The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, two esteemed academic institutions with storied athletic programs, today submitted formal requests for invitations to become members of the Southeastern Conference in 2025,” Sankey said.
In the SEC’s statement on Tuesday, Sankey mentioned that the conference wasn’t proactively pursuing new members. That being said, the SEC won’t just turn down the chance to acquire two elite programs.
“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. 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.”
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) July 27, 2021
At least three-fourths of the SEC’s members need to approve of Oklahoma and Texas joining the conference for them to receive an invitation.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated recently reported that SEC presidents have a meeting scheduled for this Thursday. It’s safe to assume that Oklahoma and Texas will be brought up during that meeting.