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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.


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Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I know all of us Evansville fans were thinking of joining the SEC.
But we dropped football about 15 years ago because of sucking. Then our basketball team started sucking.
I think we have attractive cheerleaders.

Let us in, please.





Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

With the SEC going into a state where they have no teams (moving West into Texas) they should then move East or North into a state where they have no teams/schools.

The SEC should look at North Carolina, but not just Wake or NC State - go after one of the biggies ... go after Duke or UNC.

If the SEC is looking into the state of Virginia then VTech is the way to go ...

West Virginia wouldn't be a bad pick up.  They are usually good in both football and basketball and would damage the Big East more.

The SEC already has Florida so picking up another school in that state isn't needed.

My guess is the choice should be West Virginia or Virginia Tech, unless UNC or Duke could be added.


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Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:49 pm
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Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

J.B Tex is my room mate guys. Dont mind him. We love to toke together. We live on 40 acres and the grass is green where we are. The Longhorn TV station has our applications and if we get lucky and get a job there we will be producing the upcoming 9 ball tournament. Wish us luck. Sic'em Horns !!



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@ Baccoff (Jack-off?)

Didn't you post this crap multiple times already?  I don't remember it being funny the first time, but nice try.

Don't quit your day job - you have no future as a comedian.

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: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:46 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: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@LSUSMC

To the contrary, I addressed your lame assertion that "money is not important".  Did you not read the article about A&M's mismanaged athletic department operating at a deficit?  If not, you missed the point completely.  The fact is, they had to take out a $16MM loan to remain solvent.

Your comment about "winning the right way" lead me on another tangent. The practice of oversigning recruits is unethical and unfair to the student-athlete and his family.  Nobody would argue that point accept another LSU fan, and maybe Houston Nutt.

Whether pointing that out "puts you in your place", I could care less.  Whatever, dude.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Nice work JB.  You did not address anything I wrote and act like you are being patient with me?  Whatever dude.  So, you think A&M is a poor school and you think LSU is winning the wrong way because Jordan Jefferson got arrested.  Jefferson has not been on the field this year for LSU, so I don't get what you mean.  Maybe Texas has never had a player arrested, but I seem to remember otherwise.  Bringing up the one oversigning event in our history surely puts me in my place I guess.  Again, whatever dude. 



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

As someone who has lived in Texas (UT and Texas A&M), Washington (UW and WSU), Iowa (UI and ISU) and Michigan (UM and MSU), my instinct tells me that the Aggies are leaving for one reason and one reason only- a serious inferiority complex in both academics and sports. Although the other states I mention had their rivalries, they did not appear to be anywhere near how Aggies felt about Texas and, interestingly, the feeling did not appear to be mutual (this was 15 years ago). I have been reading with interest stories about Texas A&Ms departure to the SEC and, from what I have read, nothing was going to placate the Aggies except dissolving UT altogether. There is no denying that the Longhorn Network may have been the straw that broke the camel's back but I cannot figure out why none of the schools stood up against it when the teams decided to stay in the Big 12 last year. If I were to guess, the Aggies were just looking for any excuse to leave the Big 12 and the Longhorns handed them the Longhorn Network on a silver platter. It will be interesing to see if the UT/Texas A&M rivalry continues because it is a shame to see such a tradition go down the tubes because of grown men from both schools acting like a bunch of spoiled children.


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