The SEC presidents and chancellors voted on Thursday and, in a unanimous decision, decided to extend an invitation to Texas and Oklahoma to join the conference, they said in a statement. Texas and OU have board of regents meetings scheduled for Friday in which the schools could accept the invitations.
"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," commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "I greatly appreciate the collective efforts of our Presidents and Chancellors in considering and acting upon each school's membership interest."
Oklahoma and Texas needed at least 11 schools' — or three-fourths of current SEC members — vote to earn an invitation.
Texas A&M, which originally said it would be against its in-state rival joining the SEC, announced on Wednesday it would support the conference expansion.
“The board concluded that this expansion would enhance the long-term value of the SEC to student-athletes and all of the institutions they represent — including Texas A&M," the school's regents said in a statement.