AUSTIN -- The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma have taken the next step in realigning college athletics, formally asking the Southeastern Conference to extend an invitation to join in time for the 2025-26 athletic year.
The joint letter from both schools requests an invitation to join the conference beginning on July 1, 2025.
"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," the letter reads in part.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement Tuesday morning, calling the two schools "esteemed academic institutions with storied athletics 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," said Sankey.
On Monday, both schools notified the Big 12 that they would honor their existing rights agreements through the end of the 2024-25 athletic year, but no further.
Media reports say the SEC conference presidents have called a meeting for Thursday afternoon to discuss "potential expansion opportunities." 11 of the 14 current members of the SEC would need to approve Texas and Oklahoma joining the league.
The UT Board of Regents, as well as Oklahoma's Board of Regents, are both set to discuss the potential moves in separate meetings on Friday.