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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,'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 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.


Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:00 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Welcome Aggies to the SEC.  As a Volunteer fan, let me be the first to suggest that Tennessee replace Texas as your new rival.  You can still hate "UT" and the "orange and white", plus we can argue over who has the better "T" on our helmet!

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 9:45 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Congrats to the SEC, A&M is really over rated as far as a football program is concerned.  Last championship 1939, last and only Big 12 title in 1998,,,, and for all the hoopla surrounding them its like they are perennial winners.  The big loss for the Big 12 was Nebraska,,, lots of real tradition multiple championships and conference titles, not to mention a bunch of 10+ win seasons.  Could not contend in the big 12 south and certainly wont contend in the sec west.

Congratulations are in order to the horns for yet running off another team that wil probably never play them again.  Eventually UT will make everyone so mad that no one will schudule them out of conference except for teams they will have to overpay,,, good thing espn gave them all that cash, they are gonna need it.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:40 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I like the addition of Texas A&M.  While they're not a Florida or Bama type of football school, they also aren't a Vandy type either.  It will benefit SEC recruiting a little bit but let's face it, those kids in Texas already know where the premiere league is.

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:38 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

If Mizzou doesnt accept the invite the SEC should invite TCU, 2 team expansion into Texas, makes it easier for road trips in all sports and TCU can finally prove whether they can really hang with the Big Boys in a week in week out basis.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:29 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Gotta love Title IX.  Women get a bunch of sports no one cares about that waste taxpayer money, while men are denied the opportunity to compete in college soccer, volleyball and gymnastics.  Meanwhile other men's sports, like wrestling, are eliminated completely.  Apparently denying young men all these opportunities is the liberal definition of equality.  What a joke.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:20 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Location, location, location...sure, you can buy a mansion in Des Moines, IA for $225k, but wouldn't you rather own a 200 sq. ft efficiency in Manhattan? This is the logic Texas A&M is using, what a joke! A&M really impressed the SEC with their loss to Oklahoma State, which is the SEC's equivalent of Mississippi State, Ole Miss or Kentucky......

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:30 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

well finally its official. Common Missou lets complete this deal. Welcome to the SEC Texas A&M.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:17 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

What?  Is this now "news"?  Did you scoop Dennis Dodd on this story, McMurphy? 

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:42 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Phobia isn't the hatred or the ridicule of. Please use the appropriate word (or suffix.) Also, I'm fairly sure that we know what 'gay' means, and that it has nothing do with with sexual behavior. Try again?

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:28 am

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@jb texex

;      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 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**

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