Tennessee Releases Statement On New Additions To The SEC

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    It’s been an interesting ten days in the SEC, as they’ve approved the memberships of Texas and Oklahoma. The university presidents and athletic directors have held multiple meetings over the last week to discuss the potential addition of the new members, with them approving their membership on Friday.

    The University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman has released a statement about the incoming members of the conference and how it will make the SEC even stronger.

    “I am pleased to welcome the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas to the Southeastern Conference. The SEC is special – with fierce competition at the highest levels of college athletics, and a team spirit when it comes to collaborating in support of our students and student-athletes. Including universities of this caliber on our SEC team will push all of us to be better.”

    Also on Friday, AD Danny White released his own statement about the additions of two teams from the Big12.

    “From a proud charter member of the Southeastern Conference, and the city in which the league was founded, the University of Tennessee welcomes Oklahoma and Texas to the most powerful and competitive conference in intercollegiate athletics. This is an exciting time for all SEC fans as we develop new rivalries in the years to come, expand our league’s footprint and continue to elevate its unrivaled student-athlete experience.”

    We will now wait to see if it takes until 2025 for the new members to actually join the SEC, as there is potential for them to join earlier. Either way, the SEC became a stronger entity on Friday, financially and on the field.

    Trey Wallace is a Knoxville-based journalist who has been covering University of Tennessee athletics since early 2018. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football's biggest stories. His vast social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of Vol Nation's most trusted sources. Wallace was born and raised in Mobile, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He loves the mountains as much as the beach and looks forward to living in East Tennessee for many years to come.