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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 31, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:14 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

All I got to say is yea A&M probably won't be that good in football next year because of the fact we are losing alot of our starters on both sides of the ball but I will guarantee that WE WILL COMPETE in all the other sports for an SEC title. tu have fun blowing out Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas St, I would name some more but its not a guarantee ya'll will win those games



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:12 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Welcome to the SEC Texas A&M let me give you a tour....Lets begin with football ok here is where you are guaranteed at the least 3 games versus top 10 opponents and thats in conference and play in stadiums with some over the 100,000 mark in fans.....ok now basketball playing Kentucky every year with their top recruiting classes mixed with Vanderbilt, Florida, and athletic Tennessee teams......ok now baseball home of the 2-time defending national champions South Carolina Gamecocks and oh who did they beat for the title that was the Florida Gators.....so Hopefully for your sake you can recruit like hell in all sports or ur gonna really be hurting



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:09 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@Claydaaggiefan

I do hate redneck, juveniles who condescend with homophobic slurs.  You're a real credit to A&M and OU.  Other Aggies and Sooners must be proud to have you and "kbsooner" amongst their ranks and fans.  What an embarrassment!  I doubt either of you clowns hold degrees from these fine universities.

Do me a favor - google "tu" and "Jim Rome+A&M".  Tell me what you find.  Morons.

Thanks kbsooner..I hope yall sooners and cowboys blow these gay a** sips out..they think cause they have been good in the past in a couple of sports that they are god..i follow sports quite well and only their baseball team and football has been worth a crap..I would rather have a college good in all sports unlike tu is..sounds to me this sip on here talking all this trash is a HATER..he's probably one of those fags on 6th street hugged up with some other guy





Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:08 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

  I just don't get this. I understand that the SEC is the best conference there is.  Which also makes it the hardest to win.  A&M actually has a shot each year to win the big twelve, or ten, or 8, you get my drift.  I understand the desire to join up with the elite, but wouldn't you rather be the upper crust of a good conference, as oppossed to the bottom part of the best.  I personally would rather be the richest guy on the poor side of town than vise versa!  We'll see what happens.



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:03 am
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

J.B. TexEx,

Dude, I have nothing against Texas, but when you start slamming the Big 10, I have to speak up. The Longhorns just came off a 5-7, no bowl season. Illinois kicked the crap out of Baylor last year in their bowl game, and they are 4-0 this season. And, Iowa took out Missouri in their bowl game last season. I'll give you Minnesota and Indiana in the same way that I would hope you would give me Kansas and Iowa State, as both of those schools historically have been just as big of laughingstocks. Nebraska is about to find out what going through a conference that has real depth is like. Everyone says they have a great defense, but most of the Big 10 teams have great defenses. That is something that cannot be said about the Big 12. Nebraska's defense is top-notch in the Big 12, average in the Big 10. They are not big enough, and, starting with Wisconsin, they are gonna get run over. Nebraska may well come out of their first season in the Big 10 with 4 conference losses, so there is no need to toss around any kind of Big 12 conference superiority thing with the Big 10, because it isn't there.



Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Thanks kbsooner..I hope yall sooners and cowboys blow these gay a** sips out..they think cause they have been good in the past in a couple of sports that they are god..i follow sports quite well and only their baseball team and football has been worth a crap..I would rather have a college good in all sports unlike tu is..sounds to me this sip on here talking all this trash is a HATER..he's probably one of those fags on 6th street hugged up with some other guy



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Maybe in football right now. Everything else, not so much.



Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

The rumor on the Big XII I heard (and am hoping for) is that they're going to add three;
Cincinnati and Louisville, who have been in the same conference since '75 and have a good rivalry going. And add a lot in basketball (if that's a thought). B12 reps were allegedly at our game the other night.
The third  school is still a bit of a mystery, BYU kind of makes sense, but they say TCU's shot isn't dead.
Houston would also be solid, but that's only if Texas is okay with another school from the same state. 



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

So happy for the SEC and Texas A&M.  Welcome Aggies, you're going to love being in the best conference in the land.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

It’s a great and necessary move for Texas A&M to be out of the shadow of Texas and to start building its own identity without being influenced by t.u. anymore. Texas A&M has great traditions and people associated with it has unbelievable amount of prides and unity spirits second to none in the country. Yet, if they don’t change, Aggies will always be second behind the Texas in all aspects, including athletics, academics and even psychologically. You’ll never find another school put so much emphasis on their rivalry at places should be preserved to its own, such as its school fight song. Calling rivalry’s team by the name of “Varsity” is almost self-disrespectful, regardless the historical reasons and it’s just too heavily t.u. centric to show the true characters of its own. I believe Aggie’s Board of Regent have the same understanding and is moving to achieve the greater goals beyond just a simple athletic conference alignment. It’s Aggies’ mind set, consciously or unconsciously, of concerning t.u. that needs to be changed. And finally the lyric of Aggie War Hymn is the next to go, for the good. Just get rid of the t.u. and it’ll be just fine.


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