Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns will leave Big 12 for SEC a year earlier than planned, conferences say

    Texas Longhorns running back Jonathon Brooks (24) is tripped up during the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 8, 2022, at the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas.

    (CNN)The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns are set to join the Southeastern Conference following the conclusion of the 2023-24 athletic year after reaching an agreement to withdraw from the Big 12, the conference announced on Thursday.

    Pending final approval from the governing boards at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin, the decision to withdraw comes one year earlier than a previously announced date of 2025, according to the Big 12.
    "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. "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."