Texas A&M to officially become part of the SEC in 2012
The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors unanimously announced today that Texas A&M University will join the SEC effective July 1, 2012.
Competition will begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.
“The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family,” said Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida. “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.”
With the addition of Texas A&M, the league will have 13 member institutions. It is the first expansion for the SEC since 1991 when the league added South Carolina and Arkansas - making the SEC the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.
“The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve,” said Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin. “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.”