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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
 
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.


Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Baccoff, So does UT's RBs and WRs.  LOL!!!  You are a bigger joke than Austin itself

...and I like to point out that UT is 0-6 against Big 12.  They will be 0-7 after Iowa St, 0-8 after OU, and 0-9 after OSU.

But what the hell, we have the Longhorn network.  We are TEXAS!!!

BAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

"i like how longhorn fans like to point out that a&m is 0-6 in their last 6 games against the sec..

i'd like to point out that texas is 0-6 in their last 6 games against the big 12..."

This





Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

So does that mean the so-called "little guys" in the Big 12-minus-2-soon-to-be-minus-3 have waived their rights to sue A&M or the SEC?



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

UT is a great school. It is my school. I like orange and I like to smoke weed. All my friends on campus think that TAMU should just chill out and relax and not go over to the SEC. Things are better where they are. I like the big cow we have on our sidelines. Our coach Mr. Brown says we will finish first again this year. You Aggies need to consider that before you go running off. The grass may not be any better than the grass we have right here in Austin over there. I already miss them.  HOOK em!!



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Congrats Aggies & welcome to the SEC.  Texas A&M will be a nice addition.

Hopefully the SEC won't chase Mizzou & adds a team to the SEC East - nothing again Mizzou, but I think GT, Clemson, FSU, or VT would be a better fit in the SEC & I'd like for Auburn to stay in the SEC West.  AU will continue to play the tide if they are moved (similar to the UGA games), but I'd like for them to continue the rivalries with the other teams in the west.

For the rest of  the Big 9: I hope you guys like the Longhorn Network & don't mind the un-equal revenue share



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

As the gentleman below me pointed out, the Aggies are 0-6 against their last 6 SEC opponents.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

i like how longhorn fans like to point out that a&m is 0-6 in their last 6 games against the sec..

i'd like to point out that texas is 0-6 in their last 6 games against the big 12...




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

F**K Texas.  Good luck A&M, I wish you the Best in the SEC.  I can see OU. OSU. amd A&M kicking some Texas-size ass on those arrogramt punks from Austin.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

See ya Aggies. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Although I do hate to see such a great conference become watered down a bit.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Here's some interesting facts about a&m football. 0-3 in Dallas in the last two years.  Lost to 3 schools from Arkansas in the last 3 years, one was not Arkansas.  Lost to 4 SEC schools in the last two years, last victory over a SEC team was 1994.  Last won a bowl game in 2001.
Have only been able to win 3 games against the Longhorns in 11 years. Lost to Ok State 4 straight years.
Good luck, ags, you'll need it.


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