Oklahoma and Texas are joining the SEC in 2024.
The Big 12 announced Thursday evening that the two schools would leave for the SEC a year earlier than scheduled. The announcement comes a week after reports that it was “unlikely” Oklahoma and Texas would be leaving the conference before 2025.
“As I have consistently stated, the Conference would only agree to an early withdrawal if it was in our best interest for Oklahoma and Texas to depart prior to June 30, 2025,” Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark said in a statement. “By reaching this agreement, we are now able to accelerate our new beginning as a 12-team league and move forward in earnest with our initiatives and future planning. I appreciate the approaches of OU President Joe Harroz and UT President Jay Hartzell to ensure an amicable conclusion to this process, and look forward to the bright days ahead for the Big 12 Conference.”