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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: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@kbsooner

What are you...a sheep?  Write something with some semblance of intelligence, moron.  I'd take that bet about being 0-6 in the BIG XII, too. 

See @ the Cotton Bowl in two weeks.

Baccoff, So does UT's RBs and WRs.  LOL!!!  You are a bigger joke than Austin itself

...and I like to point out that UT is 0-6 against Big 12.  They will be 0-7 after Iowa St, 0-8 after OU, and 0-9 after OSU.

But what the hell, we have the Longhorn network.  We are TEXAS!!!

BAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA



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Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Yep, and Darrell K. Royal turned down many opportunities to coach his alma mater.  He still lives in Austin and works part-time at The University.  We've adopted him as one of our own and I believe that he bleeds orange.

How is that funny?  Maybe to a dumbass Okie or aggie?
I can tell you what's funny; you named the stadium after an OKIE.  LOL!!!  Your famous Texas coach was born in Hollis, Oklahoma born and raised and played QB for OU under the legendary Bud Wilkenson.




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@ebonyrod2
You're out of your depth commenting on the BIG XII's revenue split.  UT and the remaining partners voted to an equal revenue split for their Tier 1 and Tier 2 media rights.  That means every ABC, Fox Sports and ESPN dime will be allocated equally.  We used to have a performance-based system, but we made the change in an effort to stabilize the conference.  Was that the "major change" you were referring to?

Tier 3 media, the Longhorn Network, is not shared and I doubt it ever will be.  UT spent over 100 years and millions of dollars building a brand that was attractive to ESPN.  Why should we share that network money? 

FYI the Pac-12 won't be taking OU & OSU without UT.  We didn't agree to Larry Scott's vision and media plan, so that realignment plan was nixed.

The BIG XII isn't going anywhere for awhile.  I expect that we'll add 1-3 teams sometime over the next year.  Welcome, BYU!



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

@huskerspass
The B1G commissioner, Delany, would go down on DeLoss Dodds if UT expressed an interest in that conference!  You and the rest of "Husker Nation" have a very selective memory.  The BIG XII never split TV revenue equally.  There was always performance-based incentives.  That set-up was fine when y'all signed on back in 1996 after B2B national championships.  But, after over a decade of mediocrity you decided to look for greener (money) pastures.  Their equal revenue splits of a larger pie appealed to you because you're unable to leverage the Husker brand for your own network.

Oh, and you're wrong about the Pac-12 too.  They wouldn't take OU & OSU without UT.  We balked because DeLoss informed Larry Scott that we own our Tier 3 media rights (LHN).  To quote, "it's off the table".  UT is more interested in preserving both the BIG XII and LHN than trying to conform to Scott's vision and media plan.

Good ol' Huskers and their patron saint of partial qualifiers, Tom Osborne.  You're definitely in the right conference with the Minnesotas and Illinois of the world.  But, I hope the Badgers take it to you next week since UT won't get another shot at you clowns anytime soon.  On Wisconsin!
The Longhorns may have tradition but, when it comes to integrity and honor, it's like honor among thieves!  The Longhorns can't even spell the word integrity (just like some of the words within your post - ritance?)!  The only reason the Big 12 is in the mess that is it is in is because of Texas and the way they try to bully their way through the Big 12.  Finally, someone, Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas A&M (and soon to be Missouri and maybe more), have said that they have had it with Texas!  The PAC 12 wouldn't even consider Texas because of their selfishness and their inabitilty to know how to share within a conference to make the conference stronger.  Texas has always seemed to think they can bully everyone but what's going to happen when they are left alone without a conference that wants to take them in? 




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

I'm not pissed at all.  I'm lookng forward in OU kicking some Texas ass; as OSU will.  Then you can show it on your LHN.  So go for it.  You have now become the bottom feeders of the Big 12 which I find ironic with all that has happened.  I could care less about your team, your ass-o fans, or your football network. So bring it on.  Never have, never will. 

Good luck A&M, a good decision on your part.

Texas Sucks.   LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

One year out of ten years that Texas had a losing record! Wow is that all you can come up with. This is your best moment!



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Missouri is about to turn down SEC. So will VaTech. FSU 50/50. SEC's over inflated sense of importance would be a perfect fit for Texas.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

SEC Should ask West Virginia University to be number 14!



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

Now that we will have 13 teams, next the SEC should invite ECU.




Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Texas A&M to join SEC in 2012

The Longhorns may have tradition but, when it comes to integrity and honor, it's like honor among thieves!  The Longhorns can't even spell the word integrity (just like some of the words within your post - ritance?)!  The only reason the Big 12 is in the mess that is it is in is because of Texas and the way they try to bully their way through the Big 12.  Finally, someone, Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas A&M (and soon to be Missouri and maybe more), have said that they have had it with Texas!  The PAC 12 wouldn't even consider Texas because of their selfishness and their inabitilty to know how to share within a conference to make the conference stronger.  Texas has always seemed to think they can bully everyone but what's going to happen when they are left alone without a conference that wants to take them in? 


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