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Oklahoma, Texas approve SEC move in '25

Field Level Media
31 Jul 2021, 02:40 GMT+10

Texas and Oklahoma are packed and ready to move to the Southeastern Conference following university approval of the programs exit from the Big 12.

In a brief huddle of the Board of Regents on Friday, the University of Texas approved a move to the SEC in 2025.

University of Oklahoma board members also met Friday. President Joseph Harroz said it became evident the Big 12 was "last in line" in media rights agreements.

"I want my colleagues to know that we did not embark on this lightly," Harroz said. ""What changed between 2012 and today? The answer is everything."

UT board chairman Kevin Eltife released a statement following the meeting in Austin and made it clear the Longhorns' athletic programs are not attempting to exit their current conference until the existing agreement expires.

"Our board met today to discuss the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics and the invitation from the Southeastern Conference to The University of Texas at Austin," Eltife said. "Recognizing the impact this would have on our athletics programs, the board unanimously voted to approve this conference realignment upon the expiration of our current agreement with the Big 12."

Multiple reports indicate the move is likely to come sooner as other prominent programs in the conference attempt to realign with other leagues. Kansas and Iowa State have been linked to the Big Ten, for example.

In concurrent proceedings Thursday, SEC presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to invite Oklahoma and Texas to become members in 2025.

--Field Level Media

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