SEC: Texas A&M to join in July 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Southeastern Conference says Texas A&M is set to be join the league next year.

The SEC announced Sunday that the move will be effective next July, and says Texas A&M will participate in all sports during the 2012-13 academic year. That gives the SEC 13 members and its first addition since South Carolina and Arkansas in 1992.

The Aggies' defection from the Big 12 had been held up with threatened legal action from Baylor and other schools. The statement released by the SEC did not mention that situation, and spokesman Charles Bloom did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

SEC presidents and chancellors voted in favor of the move on Sept. 6.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin says: We are excited to begin competition in the nation's premier athletic conference."

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  • by REAL SEC FAN Location: knoxville on Sep 26, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    I HATE it!!! Texas A&M is NOT in the Southeast. The state of Texas IS considered a Southwestern state. And now throw Missouri in the mix. Let's just invite USC and Lane Kiffin into the SEC! This is ONLY about money not SEC Football; Mike Slive needs to GO!!! If we are going to expand the conference, why not pick teams ACTUALLY in the southeastern United States, like Clemson, or Georgia Tech, or Florida State, or even North Carolina. The Two teams per state arguement doesn't hold water either...the state of Tennessee has Tennessee and Vanderbilt; Alabama has Alabama and Auburn, Mississippi has Ole Miss and Mississippi State; So WHY NOT Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State? I've even heard speculation of possibly allowing Maryland into the SEC...can we all say R-E-T-A-R-D-E-D!!!!!!!!!!!!


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