The college football news cycle evolved rapidly over the summer between talks of College Football Playoff expansion and newly-implemented name, image and likeness rules. Nothing truly gets college football fans riled up like college football and conference realignment chaos, however, and that's exactly what's been dropped in our laps. The SEC's presidents and chancellors voted 14-0 on Thursday to invite Texas and Oklahoma to join the league, starting in 2025, and the final step of the process took place on Friday when the two schools formally accepted the invitations in unanimous votes.
"Today's action by the Board of Regents is in the best interests of UT student athletes, the UT Austin athletics program overall, and the university," said Board of Regents chair Kevin Eltife. "This move ensures a strong future for an outstanding athletics program, providing the opportunity for our student athletes to compete at the highest levels."
That news capped a whirlwind nine-day span in college athletics that was started when news broke that the Longhorns and Sooners were considering moving from the Big 12 to the SEC. The Big 12 has been put on the defensive by the move, leading commissioner Bob Bowlsby to send a cease and desist letter to ESPN alleging the network has helped instigate this newest wave of conference realignment. The letter came amid reports the AAC is attempting to attract the remaining eight members of the Big 12.
With Texas and Oklahoma officially transitioning to the SEC now, that newest wave of conference realignment is in full swing.