Last week, rumors circulated about the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma leaving the Big 12. The two powerhouse schools reportedly had hopes of joining the country’s premier football conference: the SEC. Fast forward to Thursday and the move became a reality. SEC leadership unanimously voted to offer Texas and Oklahoma invitations to the conference. The universities will now each leave the Big 12 for the SEC in 2025.
It’s no surprise to see McConaughey comment on the huge college football shake-up. He’s a lifelong and diehard fan of his beloved Texas Longhorns. Throughout each season, the actor is often seen on the sidelines cheering them on at football games. In fact, his love for the university runs much deeper than many realize.
He attended the school and received his degree in 1993. In 2015, he became a visiting instructor co-teaching a Script to Screen film production class. In 2019, the university made him part of the faculty. He became a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication.
“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,” McConaughey said, according to a UT News article.
So the Longhorns’ burnt orange colors run through him honestly. He took to Twitter earlier today to share his excitement for his school’s transition to the SEC. Of course, McConaughey made sure to add a Hook ’em, Horns for good measure in hashtag form in his tweet.
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As previously mentioned, speculation swirled last week about Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC. Initially reports stated that the two schools reached out to the conference to gauge if there was mutual interest in the move.
As things progressed this week, it became evident that the move was likely. The University of Texas didn’t renew their Big 12 media rights deal, which expires in 2025. So everyone knew what was going to happen next.
The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners submitted requests to join the SEC, which was approved on Thursday. At least 11 of the 14 universities in the SEC had to vote affirmatively for the Big 12 schools to join. The universities voted unanimously, so Texas and Oklahoma will join in 2025 after further details are ironed out.
Yet not everyone in the SEC seemed happy about the possible new additions to the conference. Last week, Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said he’d prefer for the Aggies to be the only Lone Star State school in the SEC.
“I haven’t read the article. But if you’re asking me to kind of comment on college athletics, it’s changing,” Bjork told CBS Sports. “So what does that look like? I don’t know. … We want to be the only SEC program in the state of Texas. There’s a reason Texas A&M left the Big 12: to stand alone to have our own identity.”