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University of Texas president defends decision to join SEC as lawmakers criticize timing and impact on other schools

Jay Hartzell said the switch to the Southeastern Conference was the best thing for UT-Austin’s student athletes and the university. Texas senators expressed disdain for the move and questioned how it came about.

Texas Longhorns' marching band cheers on their team in the first half of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Nov. 29, 2019.

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Higher education Politics State government Dan Patrick Jane Nelson Texas A&M University-College Station