SEC: Website error led to Missouri welcome

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Regardless of whether the move looked good on paper, Missouri's move to the SEC did not look good online Thursday night, according to SEC officials.

That's because the conference's website included a news release that Missouri had officially joined the SEC, which it had not yet done, officials said Friday.

"Web vendor made mistake. No agreement between SEC and Missouri," SEC spokesman Charles Bloom wrote in an email to ESPN.com, the website reported.

Missouri has been contemplating a move to the SEC from the Big 12, which would then open a spot for West .irginia to join the Big 12. West Virginia has already received an official invite to the conference and the Big 12's website did not mention Missouri as a member.

The news release officially announcing Missouri's move was on the SEC's website for a few minutes Thursday night, making it look even more likely the move is all but official despite the error in announcing it early.

The release read, in part:

"Given the ever-changing conference paradigm over the past year, the Southeastern Conference has continued to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining its stature as one of the nation's premier conferences by welcoming the University of Missouri as the league's 14th member, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Monday."

If Missouri makes the move, it will join Texas A&M next July in the conference's first expansion since 1992.

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