As soon as the news came out on Thursday afternoon that SEC presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to invite Texas and Oklahoma to join the league, the next question was would it be sooner than the July 1, 2025 effective date.

Fans and media reacted to the news, and several conversations and reports suggested that ESPN may be in the middle of the financial terms for Texas and Oklahoma to buy their way out of the SEC.

It appears that legal challenges, and financial buyouts are the only things that stand in the way of the Longhorns and Sooners being in the SEC.

Here’s a sampling of the reaction on social media: