Texas, Oklahoma Submit Request to Join Powerhouse SEC

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Texas and Oklahoma person submitted a petition to articulation the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey says his league would see the petition successful the "near future."

A time aft the Big 12 schools notified the league that they would not beryllium extending an statement that binds league members to 2025, the schools publically stated for the archetypal clip they privation to articulation the SEC. The SEC would turn to 16 teams with the additions of Texas and Oklahoma, fractional of which person won astatine slightest 1 nationalist title successful shot since 1980.

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Texas and Oklahoma submitted a petition Tuesday to articulation the Southeastern Conference, with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey saying the league would see it successful the "near future."

A time aft the Big 12 schools notified the league that they would not beryllium extending an statement that binds league members to 2025, the schools publically stated for the archetypal clip they privation to articulation the powerhouse SEC.

Oklahoma and Texas sent a associated missive to Sankey requesting "invitations for rank to the Southeastern Conference starting connected July 1, 2025."

"We judge that determination would beryllium communal payment to the universities connected the 1 hand, and the SEC connected the different hand, for the universities to go members of the SEC. We look guardant to the imaginable of discussions regarding this matter," the schools said successful a missive signed by each university's president.

The SEC would turn to 16 teams with the additions of Texas and Oklahoma, fractional of which person won astatine slightest 1 nationalist title successful shot since 1980.

The quality broke past week astatine SEC Media Days successful Hoover, Alabama, that Texas and Oklahoma, the Big 12's flagships universities, had been discussing a imaginable determination with Southeastern Conference officials. The Houston Chronicle was archetypal to study the intended jump, but neither the schools nor the SEC would publically corroborate the parties had been successful discussions.

"While the SEC has not proactively sought caller members, we volition prosecute important alteration erstwhile determination is simply a wide statement among our members that specified actions volition further enrich the experiences of our student-athletes and pb to greater world and diversion accomplishment crossed our campuses," Sankey said.

SEC bylaws authorities astatine slightest three-fourth of its members (11 of 14) indispensable ballot successful favour of extending an invitation for membership.

Texas A&M joined the league successful 2011 on with Missouri successful the SEC's astir caller expansion. A&M initially voiced concerns astir allowing an in-state rival to articulation the conference, but diversion manager Ross Bjork has since suggested his schoolhouse would not shy distant from the added competition.

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