I’m still disappointed with the Aggies second half performance on Saturday, but there is good news: The SEC has added Texas A&M as one of their member schools. (By “good news” I mean “good news” for the SEC. AS the scary vulture in Ice Age 2 says, “I didn’t say it was good news for you. It’s good news for me. The more of you who die, the more I eat!”)
Here is the official statement:
The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced today that Texas A&M University will join the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.
The addition of Texas A&M will increase the SEC membership to 13 institutions. It is the first expansion for the SEC since September of 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league. The University of 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.
As Beergut points out, A&M will be a part of the western division with Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. That means starting next year, the game with Arkansas at Jerry World will actually be a conference game. We will also get so see the likes of ‘Bama at Kyle Field and LSU. What fun.
Letter from A&M president:
September 26, 2011
To: Former Students of Texas A&M University
Howdy from your President!
This is an historic time in Aggieland. Yesterday, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) – the nation’s preeminent collegiate athletic conference – invited Texas A&M to become its 13th member, effective July 1, 2012. And we have accepted enthusiastically.
By charting our own course, we can ensure that Texas A&M will be part of the athletic conference that will provide us with national visibility, as well as greater financial opportunity and conference stability, starting next summer and for decades to come.
Like Texas A&M, eight of the 12 current SEC member institutions owe their origins to the Morrill Act of 1862, which revolutionized higher education through the creation of land-grant universities. And, like Texas A&M, SEC members have achieved national and international prominence. For example, two universities – Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida – are members, with Texas A&M, in the elite Association of American Universities, which has just 61 members in the United States and Canada.
Our counterparts in the SEC are much like Texas A&M in other fundamental ways as well: they celebrate their rich histories and perpetuate their unique traditions, they are passionate on the playing field and in the stands, and they are united in their commitment to instilling core values that will prepare future generations of leaders for our nation and world.
Finally, the SEC provides a national platform for its member institutions. As you know, Texas A&M has made great strides in becoming a national brand that is synonymous with excellence in all of its many forms.
We are ready for the national spotlight.
It’s time for Texas A&M.
And today, it’s time for the Aggie Family – our record 50,000 current students
and some 360,000 former students around the world – to celebrate.
I hope you will join me, Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida; SEC Commissioner Mike Slive; and others at 6 p.m. today at The Zone Club for our official event to launch this new era. This event is open to the public. If you cannot attend in person, I encourage you to watch the festivities online at www.aggieathletics.com.
R. Bowen Loftin ’71