Texas Board of Regents unanimously votes to accept SEC invitation
Well, that certainly didn’t take very long.
Less than 12 hours after the Southeastern Conference unanimously voted to offer invitations to both Texas and Oklahoma, the Texas Board of Regents has unanimously voted to accept the SEC’s invitation.
The school’s board of regents met on Friday prior to the vote. Oklahoma’s board is currently meeting and is expected to announce its vote this morning, too.
The meeting of Texas powerbrokers took roughly 20 minutes.
Board Chairman Kevin Eltife released the following statement:
“Our board met today to discuss the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics and the invitation from the Southeastern Conference to The University of Texas at Austin. Recognizing the impact this would have on our athletics programs, the board unanimously voted to approve this conference realignment upon the expiration of our current agreement with the Big 12.”
University of Texas System Chancellor James B. Milliken released the following statement after the board’s vote:
“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. This move ensures a strong future for an outstanding athletics program, providing the opportunity for our student athletes to compete at the highest levels.”
It should be noted that Texas is currently saying its projected date to join the SEC is in 2025. However, most believe that is simply a formality, as the Longhorns are currently contractually obligated to stay in the Big 12 until that point.
No matter how you slice it, many lawyers in the state of Texas are about to earn fat paychecks.