The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has dominated college football for nearly two decades. Now, they’re extending invitations to two more college powerhouses.
The SEC leadership unanimously voted on Thursday to offer Texas and Oklahoma invitations to the conference to begin in 2025. The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners submitted requests earlier this week to the SEC to join the conference. Officials from both schools will meet Friday to discuss the invites and logistical next steps.
Both teams are currently members of the Big 12. In fact, they are the marquee teams of that conference. And their rivalry game — known as the Red River Showdown — is one of the biggest in college football.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby blamed ESPN. In effect, he said this was a naked attempt between the SEC and college football broadcasters to manipulate television ratings. This would consolidate even more major market teams into the SEC, meaning more major match-ups each season.
ESPN said Thursday it “engaged in no wrongful conduct.”
“We are disappointed these discussions went as far as they did without notice to, or inclusion of, other Big 12 members,” Bowlsby said in his statement. “Despite our concerns for the process and for the overall health of college athletics, we will do everything possible to make sure that the student-athletes at both universities enjoy an excellent experience throughout the remaining four years of their participation and competition in the Big 12 Conference.”
Luke Combs Song Used in SEC Hype Video
Country music star Luke Combs released an unfinished song last year as part of the “Demo Challenge.” Morgan Wallen had challenged him to take part after releasing his own demo of the song that would become the megahit “7 Summers.”
Combs’ obliged and released “South on Ya.” The lyrics are about how living in the South strengthens you and toughens you up.
“We got a little dirt road dust runnin’ through our blood from a never heard of it hometown / I got a can’t quit heart and some take it too far and a whole lotta never back down / If you come around here, better bring it, cause we’re no doubt / Gonna put a little South on ya.”
Recently, however, Combs pulled the demo. Then he re-released a fully produced version of the song. The SEC used it in a video that came out recently ahead of the conference’s media day earlier this month.
The college football season begins on August 28th. And Comb’s song — if you weren’t already excited for college football — is the perfect addition to the clips package to get you hyped for the season.