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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: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

WE WON'T MISS A&M AT ALL. THEY WILL BE A 2ND TIER TEAM IN THE SEC AND PROBABLY WILL HAVE TO SETTLE FOR A MINOR BOWL, IF ANY AT ALL. AGGIES SAY THEY WILL FOLLOW THEIR TEAM, BUT LETS SEE HOW MANY GO TO FLORIDA, ALABAMA,AUBURN OR SOUTH CAROLINA. THEY HARDLY TRAVEL TO LUBBOCK AND WHEN THEY DO, ALL THEY DO IS COMPLAIN. SO GOODBYE AGGIES AND GOOD LUCK, YOU WILL NEED IT.




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

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. 



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@LSUSMC

Why does that "amaze" you?  How much money the school makes is important because the profits can be reinvested in the athletic department or the university.  Money is what's behind every conference realignment - get used to it.  I agree that it isn't as important as the team's on field performance, but it's important nonetheless.

Incidentally, awesome start to the 2011 football season!  That Tigers defense is off the hook and the best one I've seen since 'Bama's 2009 championship team.  It's close to NFL quality. 
I am always amazed when fans of a team talk about how much money the school makes, like the fans are sharing in it or something.  The only thing a fan needs to be concerned with is how their team is playing.




Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!.....AGGIES to the SEC. I just love it when a plan comes together! We will see you this Saturday @ Jerrys World! Nothing Personal but we will be the guys trying to bash your face. SOOOOOOOIE! PIGS! 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I am always amazed when fans of a team talk about how much money the school makes, like the fans are sharing in it or something.  The only thing a fan needs to be concerned with is how their team is playing. 



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

This will be costly.  They will have to change all their cries, gripes and songs to take out the longhorns and come up with something else.  Maybe add some real cheerleaders as well.  Why keep adding folks.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@texastexastexas (again)

Speaking of "shutting up" and embarrassing.  An absolute moron and that is all I have to say about this clown.  Take your own advice, man!  You haven't written anything remotely intelligent yet!

HAHAHAHAHAHA WOW thats all I have to say about that....embarassing






Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@texastexastexas

Do you want to clarify or expand upon your idiotic comment?  What were the other "big mistakes"?  Letting Nebraska, Colorado and A&M go?  Somehow, we were able to get a large TV deal without NU and CU (thanks, Dan Bebee!).  All three have their hearts set on leaving, so there's not much we can do to stop it.  It's a fait accompli.

Sometimes it's impossible to appease unhappy people.  Remaining BIG XII league members are disappointed to see y'all go, but the world will keep spinning.  UT will keep selling out its 100K stadium, leading the NCAA in merchandise sales and pioneering it's own media channel.  A&M will continue to be a stepchild - only this time in the SEC.

Oh, and thanks R. Bowen Loftin for admitting on national TV that you've wanted to join the SEC for over 1 1/2 years.  That really makes your phony commitment back in June 2010 look bad!  Hopefully, we'll leverage that comment for an even larger exit fee! 

Don't forget to pay the toll on your way out the door.

lol here we go.....one big mistake after another




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:53 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012


I'm amazed that a "grown man" writes as poorly as you do.  I doubt very seriously that I'd be running off and hiding from you unless you were teaching an English or Grammar class.  It's a safe bet that you didn't major in Journalism, either.
HAHAHAHAHAHA WOW thats all I have to say about that....embarassing



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:51 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@Claydaaggiefan    Please stop embarassing the few mature aggies on this website....you are embarassing yourself as well as the Aggie name. Bro Texas is Texas theres nothing you can do about that chill out and stop hatin on people...you wanna hate on someone go hate on a Texas Tech fan but geez your gonna get destroyed when you try and hate on UT they have too many supporters on here bro lol just shut up!


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