Texas And Oklahoma Send Letter Requesting Permission To Join SEC In 2025

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Well, it’s just short of official now. To no one’s surprise, Oklahoma and Texas have sent a letter to the SEC to request entrance into the conference in July 2025.

The letter, posted by Ralph Russo of The Associated Press, was sent Tuesday morning to Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey.

The bottom of the letter is signed by Texas president Jay Hartzell and Oklahoma president Joe Harroz.

“The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma (the ‘Universities’) request invitations for membership to the Southeastern Conference (the ‘SEC’) starting on July 1, 2025,” Texas and OU university presidents wrote in a letter that was emailed to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

“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 continued.

“We look forward to the prospect of discussions regarding this matter.”

While both schools are expected to get more than enough votes to enter the SEC, conferences presidents are scheduled to meet Thursday and possibly vote on whether to accept the Longhorns and Sooners.

The SEC put out a statement on Twitter acknowledging that Texas and OU have applied for membership.

“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 statement from the SEC read.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. So TX and OK are asking to be admitted together???

    It’s still my contention that OK gets in and TX does not – I’m gonna go so far as to say that Ohio St will soon have a decision to make… If the SEC cannot get Florida St/Miami because of Florida … and we can’t get Clemson because of South Carolina, then we can’t get Texas because of TAMU — so here we are… While we talk about TX, we need to look at Ohio st.

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