Hot Links: OU and Texas officially invited to join the SEC

July 29, 2021
NCAA Football: Kansas State at Oklahoma
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Only one more step is needed for Oklahoma to officially set sail for the Southeastern Conference.

Happy Thursday, friends and fans!

A contingent of SEC school presidents met on Thursday to formally accept the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns into the Southeastern Conference.

Needing a minimum of three-fourths approval (11 yes votes from the league’s current 14 teams), the necessary number of votes was apparently reached, resulting in an official invitation for OU and UT to become the newest members of the SEC family.

Board of Regents meetings for both Oklahoma and Texas are scheduled to convene on Friday morning to formally accept the SEC’s official invitation to the conference. From there, a timetable for how soon this will all come into effect going forward may become a bit more clear.

Now for today’s Hot Links! Bob Bowlsby takes action against the worldwide leader in sports, Cedarian Lamb jerseys are selling like hot cakes, the 2021 NBA Draft tips-off tonight and more!

OU Links

  • On Wednesday, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent a cease-and-desist letter to ESPN, alleging that the sports network has manipulated its power by encouraging other leagues to scavenge the remaining Big 12 members while simultaneously assisting OU and Texas’ conference buyout as they begin their transition to the SEC.
  • On Thursday, sophomore WR and punt returner Marvin Mims was named to the 2021 Hornung Award Watch List for his prowess as one of college football’s most versatile players.

  • In other preseason awards-related news, senior safety Patrick Fields was named to the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List for his impactful role as a leader in community service in addition to his excellence on the field.

  • Earlier this week, redshirt junior specialist Gabe Brkic was named to the 2021 Groza Award Watch List. This annual individual honor is reserved for the nation’s top collegiate placekicker. I expect big things from this young man this season. Boomer!

  • When Porter Moser and his Oklahoma men’s basketball team show up to the 2021 Myrtle Beach Invitational this fall, the Sooners will open up tournament play against East Carolina. Tip-off is now officially scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. CT.

Around the Sports World

  • The Detroit Pistons are on the clock! Tonight at 7 p.m. CT on ABC, watch the 2021 NBA Draft. This year, Detroit has the first overall pick, and all signs point to that pick being Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham.

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