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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: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

And yes, I've been to College Station and it's a special place. The SEC is loaded with towns built around their schools. It's a lot of what makes the SEC special. Florida in Gainesville, UGA in Athens, Bama in Ttown, Auburn, Arky in Fayetteville, Kentucky in Lexington, Ole Miss in Oxford, UT in Knoxville and USC in Columbia. Outside of Vandy in Nashville and maybe LSU in Baton Rouge, every SEC school drives it's local market. College Station/Bryan is that same exact way so it fits perfectly. Sure College Station is quirky but at least it's unique. SEC fans will appreciate that.



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

JB - Alabama has 13 National Titles including a title in almost every decade since the 20's. Of course Bama went through a tough spot, but they made it back.

As for Notre Dame, they were the premiere national program out there. Forget the state of Texas, they had the entire country. ND drifted out of the spotlight and now they sit on the doorstep of irrelevance. There are a lot of theories as to why, but the strongest argument could be for their lack of identity. Conferences have owned BCS talk since it's inception, and ND has been left out of many a conversation. In today's game, you need many people from all different angles talking about your program. UT blowing it's own horn will eventually get old as it did for Notre Dame.

As much as I hate Auburn, there was pride in their title last year because there is pride in the conference. With no conference, you lose friends. Without friends, you end up becoming a team that nobody really cares about. Watch out or you'll be there soon....



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@ Roll Tide Saban

'Bama was overrated, too, until just recently.  Mike Shula?  Please.

The difference between UT and Notre Dame is our "overrated" home state.  It's arguably the home of the best high school talent in the country.  Barring a bad hire to replace Mack Brown, we will continue to have an undeniable recruiting advantage.  Have you been to College Station?

Time will tell if A&M made a "savvy business move" and I can't say that I blame them for doing it.  But, I doubt very seriously that NU, CU and A&M will be the envy of UT or OU.  I'll check back in ten years from now.

Texas is overrated. The state and the team. However, so many recruits and impressionable fans rooted for Texas "just because". With A&M heading to the SEC, they are better preparted to succeed over time. Texas, on the other hand, will be part of a 2nd rate conference that might not even survive the near future. Texas thinks they can dominate on their own, but just look at what that's done for Notre Dame over the years.

A&M has been the inferior product over the years, but they just made the most savvy business move possible. Give it a decade, but Nebraska, Colorado and A&M should be laughing at Oklahoma and Texas.




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@BigdaddyQH

LOL...some of you SEC fans are hilarious!  UGa.....really?  When was the last time the Dawgs won anything?

Since you're grossly misinformed, I'll educate you.  The Pac 12 wasn't interested in OU/OSU without UT.  The University wasn't interested in conforming to Larry Scott's media plan or relinquishing any proceeds from The Longhorn Network.  It's that simple.  Sorry, Larry, no deal.

The remaining members, including UT, made a major concession in an effort to "mend fences" last week.  Moving forward, all Tier 1 and 2 media revenue will be split equally among BIG XII members.  That should help create stability within the conference. We'll see if the "Big 12-3" loses any TV revenue once BYU signs on.  Conversely, we'll see if SEC Commish Mike Slive is able to leverage A&M for a bigger pay-out.  He undoubtedly will, but there's no guarantee.

Let's see if I follow your logic about Mizzou, to paraphrase, "They're NOT going to win any Big 12-3 titles, so they may as well join the SEC".  The same big, bad SEC with arguably the best football teams in the country?  Why would Mizzou do that for a small raise?  Plus, they'd be forfeiting their 100-year rivalry with Kansas.  For what?  A couple million bucks?  I don't think Mizzou's athletic department operates in the red (unlike A&M's), but I could be wrong.

Only an Aggie will see the logic in that move.  Y'all deserve each other.
This is just another blow to the Big 12-3.  Things are so bad in the Big 12 that the Pac 12 did not even want to take any of their institutions.  So TExas and OU can play for a worthless title for the forseeable future.  Texas is going to have to pay a lot of money to keep this rag-tag conference together.  OU had their way.  Texas lost out.  Now they do not have their pet Commissioner any more.  Texas got what they deserve.  If they are smart (and is anyone smart in Texas?) they will mend all of their fences so we go thru this fiasco next season. 

Missouri is next.  They should jump to the SEC for financial reasons alone.  Let's fact it.  Mizzou is NOT going to win any Big 12-3 titles in any sport soon, so they may as well go where the grass is greener.  Especially the financial grass.  The Big 12-3 is going to take a cut in T.V. revenue.




Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Texas is overrated. The state and the team. However, so many recruits and impressionable fans rooted for Texas "just because". With A&M heading to the SEC, they are better preparted to succeed over time. Texas, on the other hand, will be part of a 2nd rate conference that might not even survive the near future. Texas thinks they can dominate on their own, but just look at what that's done for Notre Dame over the years.

A&M has been the inferior product over the years, but they just made the most savvy business move possible. Give it a decade, but Nebraska, Colorado and A&M should be laughing at Oklahoma and Texas.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

This is just another blow to the Big 12-3.  Things are so bad in the Big 12 that the Pac 12 did not even want to take any of their institutions.  So TExas and OU can play for a worthless title for the forseeable future.  Texas is going to have to pay a lot of money to keep this rag-tag conference together.  OU had their way.  Texas lost out.  Now they do not have their pet Commissioner any more.  Texas got what they deserve.  If they are smart (and is anyone smart in Texas?) they will mend all of their fences so we go thru this fiasco next season. 

Missouri is next.  They should jump to the SEC for financial reasons alone.  Let's fact it.  Mizzou is NOT going to win any Big 12-3 titles in any sport soon, so they may as well go where the grass is greener.  Especially the financial grass.  The Big 12-3 is going to take a cut in T.V. revenue.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@12thManFanTX

"Forced to play us"...LOL. 

Yeah, I guess UT is scared of A&M and their abyssmal winning percentage against Varsity.  I can't speak for every Texas-Ex, but I never "hated" A&M until this realignment nonsense.  You were like the obnoxious, goofy little brother that would never go away.  Kinda like the fly that you can never swat.

Well, now that you're leaving I've got a question, "What flavor is that Aggie maroon Kool-Aid y'all drink?  I gotta believe that it's prune because most of you and R. Bowen Loftin have been talking out of your asses." Gotta keep the pipes clean for more verbal diarrhea, like pledging to remain in the BIG XII (June 2010).

Lastly, I'll enjoy the puzzled looks of the SEC fans while your overrated band is singing a song about your burning desire to beat The University.  Lame.
No, not true.  A&M will keep the longhorns in their fight song.  They will continue to dislike the orange and the white. That won't ever change. We could meet in the Cotton Bowl in the future then longhorns will be forced to play us. lol 




Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

No, not true.  A&M will keep the longhorns in their fight song.  They will continue to dislike the orange and the white. That won't ever change. We could meet in the Cotton Bowl in the future then longhorns will be forced to play us. lol 



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@LSUSMC

*Sigh*
Since you're speaking out of ignorance and pride, I'll try to be patient.  The fact is, A&M is hurting for money.  It's not a stretch to say that the BIGGEST reason A&M is joining the SEC is to get a larger piece of a potentially bigger revenue pie.  See the link below:

http://www.theeagle.com/am/A-amp-am

p-M-athletics-reworks-budget-to-pay

-loan

UT can do whatever it wants, including launch it's own network.  We are the richest athletic department in the NCAA with or without the Longhorn Network.  Our AD's priority is taking care of The University and its student-athletes first.  To quote DeLoss, "we are who we are".

While we're on the subject of priorities, you, your AD and "the hat" should probably do a better job focusing on behavioral issues with a select few student athletes.  The Jefferson personal assault fiasco didn't place LSU in a very favorable light.  That's winning the right way?  How about the LSU practice of over-signing players to scholarships?  Is that winning the right way?  If so, I beg to differ.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but UT handled y'all in the Cotton Bowl the last time we met, right?  Hook 'em.
Sorry JB, but again, that is a stretch.  Is Texas lacking in facilities in any way?  Did I miss something?  Again, that money is not spread amongst the fans, so why care as long as your team is not hurting in any meaningful manner.  This is just some fans bragging about how much money a school's athletic program has.  Are Texas fans more concerned about money than winning?  Money is indeed behind realignment, but it is money to be based on the TV contract and it's footprint.  As a fan, I do not care.  I care about my team and its conference competition.  When LSU starts hurting for money, then I will worry about that.  But, our football team not only supports the athletic budget at LSU, they give money back to the academic side of the school.  We can do all of that without our own network.  For whatever reason, UT cannot do that.  But, when your schools AD's priority is money, a 5-7 record is what you get.  I want my AD to stay focused on winning, and winning the right way.  So far, so good at LSU. 

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Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Great move for both sides. A&M could never get from under the shadow of the ever arrogant and greedy UT. The A&M brand was always behind UT's so going in a different direction was wise. For the SEC, it doesn't matter if A&M becomes a power or stays an 7-8 win program, the SEC now has it's hand in the Texas cookie jar which is good for the strongest conference in the nation.


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