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Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Posted on: September 25, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2011 5:35 pm
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Texas A&M will join the SEC for all sports beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, the SEC announced Sunday.

The league's Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to add the Aggies as their 13th member.

The next question for the SEC is who's next? Sources have indicated if Missouri does not join the league, the SEC is prepared to go through the 2012-13 season with only 13 members. If Missouri remains in the Big 12, the most likely candidates appear Virginia Tech or Florida State, CBSSports.com's Tony Barnhart reported.

Adding Texas A&M is the first expansion for the SEC since September 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league. Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991. With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, the SEC was 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.”

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin, who told CBSSports.com on Saturday, he expected any legal issues to be resolved "shortly" also issued a statement.

“The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve,” Loftin said. “We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s premier athletic conference. This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically, and I believe the Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country.”

Texas A&M, located in College Station, will also be the third institution in the SEC with membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, joining Florida and Vanderbilt. Texas A&M's 50,000 enrollment ranks as the nation's sixth-largest university, with 360,000 former students worldwide.

By moving to the SEC, Texas A&M and Texas officials have hinted this might be the last season for the rivalry between the Aggies and Longhorns.

“On behalf of our presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, students and fans, I welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “Texas A&M is a nationally-prominent institution on and off the field and a great fit for the SEC tradition of excellence—athletically, academically and culturally.”

The Aggies sponsor 20 varsity sports.  Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country.  Women’s sports include basketball, equestrian, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country and volleyball.  Texas A&M participates in every sport sponsored by the SEC except gymnastics and the SEC sponsors every sport the Aggies participate in except equestrian.


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Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

am going to get kill in the sec bye florida alambama lsu auburn and georgia and arkansas

they can  berely beat big 12 opponets   

 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

We already knew that the SEC would expand beyond 13 teams in order to better compete with the conference of the future...the much vaunted and somewhat heavily-hyped Pacific Conference. The question is what teams will they steal from other conferences and will they actually bump up the conference total to 20? I suggest they poach Clemson, Miami and Florida State. The ACC has not been relevant in a long time. It's only fair that these 3 schools be part of something exciting in the years to come.



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to all of the Texas A&M fans to the SEC!! Good Luck!! GO VOLS!!!!!

~TJ



Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Welcome to SEC Nation!




Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

A hearty welcome to the Aggies! Go Cats!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:58 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I dont want to get off on a rant here or bash anyone unecesarily, but did anyone hear that press conference for T A&M going to the SEC on the radio last night?????   What a bunch of ignorant loud mouthed fools.  I was embarrased for them, It was a ready made saturday night live skit in the making.  I cant believe that I have been around college football as long as I have and never witnessed what A&M calls the "Yell Leaders" in close proximity of a radio broadcast,,,WOW!  Talk about a bunch of guys at a sausage fest that need to get out a little more instead of talking about being next years champs.  This goes from Mike Slive (lead Stroker) to Bowen Loftin (Strokie) to the crowd of imbeciles that was there.  These morons yelled after every sentence of the conference like a bunch of 3rd world villiagers,,,, I thought I had turned the satalite radio on the national geographic station for a minute.  I am not from Texas but I will tell you this, I would be embarrased to share a state with those guys and do everything to try and get them to leave the state asap.  If that is what a "Yell Leader" does and the former gov of texas (Rick Perry) now running ofr president used to be a "Yell Leader" at A&M ,,,, then I think I just eliminated one of my voting choices for the next election.  If you havent googled it dont take my word for it see it yourselves,,,,, fast forward to the funny spots,,,, by the way Aggies, what is that noise that those guys make anyway?


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Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:16 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I have read many articles and discussions about the future of college football, hoops and the so called super conferences.  It is unfortunate that this is starting to happen because I think that there will be so many more smaller divisions in the future and they will continue to financially suffer more with lost tv money and talent to the 4 or six super conferences unless they get a game once in a while with the powerhouses.  Those games probably will not be very competitive or just a warm up for the ranked teams.  However at times there are some suprising upsets such as App. State beating Michigan but that is rare.  The super conferences are not a good idea!



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:27 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

And on the first day the Lord turned away the money changers and made an A+ rated university into a C rated university.  TAMU is now best of the worst in academics and worst of the best in football.   And know, you will not get the Vanderbilt pass.

So you attended an SEC school? I can see it in your writing ;)



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:51 am
 

Welcome Aggies!

Texas A&M is a great addition to the SEC.

What took y'all so long?

Welcome Aggies.

Go Gators. 



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:28 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

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