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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: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:49 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I think comparing Oklahoma State Ranked #5 (as of today) to a few bottom feeding SEC schools makes you look like like an idiot, or maybe your just an SEC homer, same thing really.  Turn your TV on, go to the games or read NCAA football for dummies, but whatever you do learn about the game before you type next time.
routefndrlee, bro who are you talking to? Cause this is hilarious! You hit the nail on the head with that one. So tired of people trying to compare OSU and A&M to bottom feeders in the SEC.....OSU is #5 for a reason.....A&M lost by one point to OSU and really shoulda moved back to #10 or #11 but they are #13 and #14 still that would put A&M as the 4th highest ranked SEC team right now...that would make OSU 3rd highest ranked team behind #1 LSU and #3 Alabama so give me a break....you can say well if they played at LSU this year or at Alabama....well yeah it would be a good game but they did just visit a reallly really loud place at Kyle Field in front of 88,000 screaming aggies so thats kinda like goin to Baton Rouge right?? I mean come on guys we know it would be different if OSU and A&M were in the SEC right now but a ranking is a ranking and they have earned it......



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:43 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@Claydaaggiefan

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.

I agree that A&M to the SEC may be the right move for the Aggies.  The administration has decided that it is, so it's now a moot point.  But, myself and others have expressed doubts about the Aggies ability to compete in Football based on recent performance. 

Let's look at the numbers during the BIG XII era:
  • 108-81 overall record (.561)
  • 64-57 BIG XII record (.529)
  • 1 BIG XII Conference Championship
  • 2 South Division Championships
  • 10 Bowl appearances (1-9 record)

Let's hope this isn't an indication of things to come for A&M in the SEC.  But, it may be a gamble worth taking because you've got to do something to get out from under The University's shadow.  Best of luck - you're gonna need it!

First of all dude I'm far from a redneck and a juvenile..I'm a grown man punk and while you say you don't like homophobic slurs I'm pretty sure no one else on here likes to be morons or be put down like you have been doing..I'm sure if we were face to face you would be the one runing off and hiding..Also you don't know what I got as far as a degree or nothing else so while you want to say we are an embarrassment look in the mirror at your posts..The real morale of this story is how this is a great opportuniy for our university in the years to come but it gets overshadowed with HATING A** SIPS like you that want to dog everyone but yourselves..as far as doing you any favors why don't ya'll do me one..TEXAS BITE TEXAS BITE TEXAS JUMP UP AND BITE MY A**




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:42 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

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



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:26 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@Utah!GeMe2!

I like the way you think and am very intrigued by the idea of adding up-and-coming HUGE state schools like SDSU and UCF to the BIG XII.  Both would tap fertile recruiting grounds, desirable travel destinations and large media markets.  I agree that we shouldn't consider both Louisville and Cincinnati (same market).  WVU, I'm lukewarm about them.  Brand name in the east, yes, but a very small media market.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:21 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Ideally, I'd like to see the BIG XII add three teams; BYU, Air Force and Louisville. 

Neither TCU or Houston will be strongly considered for the reasons identified by @first40.  The name of the game now is "expanding our media footprint".  Another TX school doesn't accomplish this objective.  DeLoss would like to see the conference add only 1 to get to 10.  Boren and OU would like to see us get back to 12.  I guess it will come down to a vote of league membership.
Texas is against another in-state school joining the big 12, and oklahoma isn't too crazy about it either. so this means no to tcu. Texas and their longhorn network sure is causing a lot of fuss. i don't blame larry scott for not inviting them into the pac 12. Texas would be trying to tell everyone what to do.




Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:59 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Although I was against the expansion to begin with I'll put that behind me and say welcome to the strongest athletic conference around. I'm a traditionalist. It took me awhile to accept Arkansas and South Carolina. Now, I can't imagine either team not being in the SEC. I just hope the SEC goes somewhere in North Carolina or Virginia for number 14. Please, NO MORE after that. Why mess with perfection. If it ain't broken don't fix it.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:39 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Texas is against another in-state school joining the big 12, and oklahoma isn't too crazy about it either. so this means no to tcu. Texas and their longhorn network sure is causing a lot of fuss. i don't blame larry scott for not inviting them into the pac 12. Texas would be trying to tell everyone what to do.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:32 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I think comparing Oklahoma State Ranked #5 (as of today) to a few bottom feeding SEC schools makes you look like like an idiot, or maybe your just an SEC homer, same thing really.  Turn your TV on, go to the games or read NCAA football for dummies, but whatever you do learn about the game before you type next time.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:25 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Got some schools here I am surprised are not being talked about for the Big 12. Also some points.

1: Don't replace, Expand: Look at the proactive ACC going to 14 schools and follow that model. say Mizzou leaves and add 6 teams.

2: considering the picked over land scape, take the hot stock/merger/acquisition approach and build schools in smart markets that will also build the conference long term

3: Teams: I have 8 that would make financial sense and 2 that would keep the conference strong in regional tradition

4: Teams ranked in order:

1. San Diego State: This is a perefect example of a great school, location, market, stadium, facilities, recruiting ground and already a city with Holiday Bowl ties to the Big 12. A destination for any road game for good travel bases. Also this is a school with a base that would raise in passion if they played in a good conference. I still can't believe this school gets no headlines other thatn its region, excluding the Pac-12 that already has that market, the location only makes sense for the Big 12...no other BCS conference.

2. BYU: obvious-own network, tradition, Slat Lake and national market for alumns and religion

3. West Virginia: they want out, the market is unappealing, but the mark in that region is and especially with a relevant school looking to get out of the Big East this is a power school that should be in to maintain conference relevancy to counter Iowa St, KSU, and Baylor

4. Louisville: Northern KY and South Ohio market, relevant tradition especially in BasketBall good match with KU...a GREAT football stadium and facilities good market for recruiting..keep close to WV for regional tie in

5: University of South Florida: recruiting market and presence...not sexy now but like SDSU this is a school that could rise rapidly in a great conference and also a great addition to say an eastern conference with already relevant Louisville and WV..a penny stock that could pay off huge with the conference to back it

6. Cinncinati? well we start to dip a little regionally with already going after Louisville who also has that market, but you even solidify it more there and add to an Eastern conference of USF, WVU, and Louisville...Great BBall tradition, great market, good recruiting, good facilities, great passion in the region if in a great conference.

7. TCU! surprisingly low I know, but again how much do you gain when your entire conference footprint is already here..this is only a power add for a great football school to boost the stregth of the conference.

8. Memphis: not sexy unless Calipari is still coaching hoops, the potential market is intriguing, also a good add for the East plenty of potential to be relevant for the conference..great hoops tradition...they do Care about football in Memphis as well.

9. Central Florida: see USF, but less sexy

10. Houston: if we werent talking dollars this move makes perfect sense but since we are this adds no new revenue but only a school with potential to be really great in the right conference..already better or eaqual to ISU, Baylor, and KSU in relevance.

*11. UNLV: intriguing market and BBall school, but culturaly Vegas would never match with the Big 12 region

5:So waht do we have here?

1. Pre-Big 12 and BCS tie-ins, TTech, Baylor, ISU and KSU could just have easily been mid-majors and some would argue with the exception of KSU and TTech could still be...but their profiles have been rasied in the right conference to build them.

2. The football traditions would rapidly rise in this conference with all the tools at the disposal of the football tradiition rich Big 12 playing your conference championships in Jerry World would only help nationaly.

3. These schools need the big 12 1-5 just as much as the Big 12 needs them. This means? Texas and OU can still get thier way in the conference while these other schools reap the rewards of raising their own profile long term.

4. You may have a basketball conference to finally rival the ACC or at least be the second best

5 after a half decade or so, with the right leadership and vision this could be the highest paid TV conference due to its national market affiliations

Food for thought: think bigger than 12 and bigger than the Southern plains to save your conference long term




Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:11 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Welcome Aggies.  Don't worry if the Texas game gets cut.  Soon you will learn to hate the REAL UT.  Our orange is MUCH more annoying!  Go VOLS!


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