SEC officially announces addition of Texas A&M for 2012

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After several delays, the Southeastern Conference officially announced on Sunday that Texas A&M will join the SEC for all sports beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

The league's presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to add the Aggies as the SEC's 13th member, which means the conference probably will add a 14th member to balance its two divisions for football.

If Missouri does not join the league, the SEC is prepared to go through the 2012-13 season with only 13 members, reported, citing sources close to the decision.

If Missouri remains in the Big 12, the most likely candidates appear to be Virginia Tech or Florida State,'s Tony Barnhart reported.

The addition of Texas A&M represents the first expansion for the SEC since September 1991 when South .arolina joined the league. Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991.

It then became the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.

???The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family,??? Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida said in a statement. ???The addition of Texas A&M University as the SEC???s 13th member gives our league a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions.???

By moving to the SEC, Texas A&M and Texas officials have hinted this might be the last season a football game between the Aggies and Longhorns will be played.

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