HomeSportsNational SportsSEC officially invites Texas, Oklahoma to conferenceSEC officially invites Texas, Oklahoma to conferenceThu, July 29, 2021 by ABC NewsSHARE NOW George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The SEC has officially offered the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma invitations to join the conference starting on July 1, 2025SEC commissioner Greg Sankey gave the news to the presidents of both schools during a video conference.“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 in a statement. “I greatly appreciate the collective efforts of our Presidents and Chancellors in considering and acting upon each school’s membership interest.” The announcement comes after the conference voted in favor of extending invitations. At least three-fourth of the 14 schools in the conference needed to approve of the move. On Monday, the two schools issued a joint statement saying that they notified the Big 12 that the schools will not renew their grant of media rights in 2025.“Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference’s current media rights agreement,” the statement said. “The universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements. However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs for the future.”The following day, the schools sent a letter to Sankey asking for invitations to the conference.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.