Southeastern Conference votes to extend invitations to Texas, Oklahoma

Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners
CeeDee Lamb #2 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns in the third quarter during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Photo credit Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

AUSTIN ( -- Just over a week after speculation was first reported, the Southeastern Conference has officially voted to welcome the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma to join the conference in time for the 2025-26 academic year.

The 14 existing members of the SEC, including Texas A&M, voted unanimously to extend invitations to the two schools.

"Today's unanimous vote is both a testament to the SEC's longstanding spirit of unity and mutual cooperation, as well as a recognition of the outstanding legacies of academic and athletic excellence established by the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas," said Commissioner Sankey. "I greatly appreciate the collective efforts of our Presidents and Chancellors in considering and acting upon each school's membership interest."

Texas' Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Friday morning at 9 a.m., with a posted agenda item involving "discussion and possible appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership matters." Oklahoma's Board of Regents is also set to hold a meeting Friday morning, solely to discuss the same topic.

This is a developing story and will be updated.