Texas A&M Aggies become 13th SEC member

It’s official. After months of speculation and some recent litigation, the Texas A&M Aggies announced Sunday that they will be leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012 for the 2012-13 athletic season.

The addition of Texas A&M marks the first expansion for the SEC since it added Arkansas and South Carolina and split into divisions in 1991.

“The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family,” said 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.”

“The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve,” Texas A&M president R. Bowen 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 [SEC] gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country.”

The two-step process, which included SEC presidents voting to extend an invitation and Texas A&M officials accepting the invitation, was officially completed Sunday because the threat of a lawsuit from some other Big 12 schools stalled the process.

“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 will now become the SEC’s 13th member and will likely join the conference’s West division, leaving the league unbalanced at least in the short term.

Consequently the Big 12 is now left with only nine teams after Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) left the former 12-team conference over a year ago.

The Big 12 has made adding a 10th member a priority, while the SEC has said it will take time to decide on and invite a 14th team. Should the SEC add a team that would geographically fit in the West division, Auburn would likely switch to the East.

GETTING TO KNOW TEXAS A&M

UNIVERSITY
Established: 1871
Location: College Station, Texas
A&M? Agricultural and Mechanical
Enrollment: 46,522 (spring 2011)
Campus: 5,500 acres
Colors: Maroon and white
Official greetings: “Howdy!” “Gig ‘em
President: Dr. R. Bowen Loftin
Notes: Receives land, sea and space grants from the government; first public institution of higher education in the state; provides more commissioned officers to the U.S. Armed Forces than any other non-service academy college

ATHLETICS
Nickname: Aggies
Mascot: Reveille (collie)
Facilities: Kyle Field (football), Reed Arena (basketball), Olsen Field (baseball)
Men’s sports: Football, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field
Women’s sports: Basketball, softball, cross country, equestrian, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball
National titles: 12 (not counting equestrian)
Conference titles: 139 (not counting fencing)
Highest Director’s Cup finish: No. 6 (2009-10)
Fanbase name: 12th Man
Band: Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band
Previous affiliations: Southwest, Big 12
Athletic director: Bill Byrne

FOOTBALL
First season: 1894
Stadium capacity: 83,002
All-time record (as of 2010): 674-443-48 (.599)
Traditions: Standing all game; Midnight Yell; Bonfire
National titles: 1 – 1939
SWC titles: 17 – 1917, 1919, 1921, 1925, 1927, 1939, 1940-41, 1956, 1967, 1975, 1985-87, 1991-93
Big 12 titles: 1 – 1998
Highest Top 25 finish (post-1990): AP – No. 7, Coaches – No. 6 (1992)
Record vs. Florida: 1-1 (L 6-42, Oct. 13, 1962; W 37-14 Jan. 2, 1977)
Heisman Trophy winners: 1 – John David Crow (1957)
College Football Hall of Fame: coaches – 5, players – 10
Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1 – Yale Lary

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23 Responses to “Texas A&M Aggies become 13th SEC member”

  1. Basshole says:

    I’m really curious as to who will be the 14th team. I read the SEC would not be interested in WVU but I think they would be a good fit

    • Ken (CA) says:

      WV is horrible academically, ranked 167th i think. Both the ACC and SEC are said to have no interest in them at all.

      • g8ter27 says:

        Yes, that is why Devine could go there but could not get into FSU or UF. Then we got to hear announcers always say things like ” neither FSU or UF would give this kid a shot” when in fact both wanted him bad.

  2. SaraGator says:

    Gator Bait!

    ha!

    Welcome to the SEC!

  3. gator says:

    GATORBAIT

  4. El Meester says:

    First off, Welcome!

    Secondly, now that you’re in the SEC, I officially have to hate you. Sorry!

  5. alex says:

    I do like that Texas A&M is part of the SEC. They are just plain bad and add nothing to the conference. This a team that couldn’t even beat Miami when Da “U” was at its worst.

    • Joe says:

      Your statement is confusing but I assume you meant I do (not)…

      A&M adds

      #1 Track program in the Country, decent football and basketball programs, they bring the State of Texas further into SEC recruiting, large research uni. and 6th largest student pop. in the country and the 12th man/lots of tradition… they may not add much to football but sure do in other aspects…

  6. Mike says:

    How about Clemson as the 14th team? To me, they seem like an SEC team. The atmosphere seems that way at their games…Any thoughts???

    • Mike says:

      P.S. And they have a rivalry with South Carolina

    • Doubt South Carolina would be amenable to that.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Well, noly need a 3/4 vote, doesn’t have to be unanimous, but I don’t see what they bring to the conference. In that area, Va Tech I think would be best conference fit, but it is prohibitively expensive to leave ACC now (which would also be an issue for Clemson). Unless the SEC tries to poach another Texas school, it seems pretty murky as to who would be a good fit at this point

        • This is true but there are a bunch of schools who are together in not wanting another one from their state added – South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, specifically. So they will band together on an issue such as that and vote it down. First Clemson then maybe FSU and Georgia Tech? Then all three are unhappy. There are also others like Alabama and Auburn who compete with Clemson and Florida State for recruits and use “SEC” as an advantage.

          • Ken (CA) says:

            Not to mention, I don’t think any of the schools would want to alienate one of the other schools by going without a unanimous vote anyway, I was just pointing out that the potential is there, but i don’t see USF, UM, FSU, GIT, Clemson on the short list at all, none of them bring in new markets (Miami would a little bit but they really don’t add much and are about to get hammered anyway).

            Originally i thought Oklahoma/Oklahoma St. maybe, but it seems like they never had any interest other than going wtih UT to the pac 12, and now holding on to the Big-9. Mike Slive will have to do some out of the box thinking to find a 14th school that would be a good fit, not sure who else to poach that would have real interest and bring something. Louisville and Cincinnati don’t bring a whole lot with Kentucky right there. I had heard the possibility of Maryland, but with the new ACC buyout, that seems far fetched as well

  7. Eli says:

    What about Missouri as another West team, then moving on of the current Wests (Auburn?) to the East.

  8. g8ter27 says:

    What about Boise State? Talk about a road trip! They are kind of in the southeast…right? Or, anyone thought about Hawaii? I am just not sure my car can make that trip though.

  9. brlgator says:

    I want the 2012 SEC schedule NOW! I want to know if we play A&M next year (doubtful).

    I have already started planning my first A&M road trip. I am going to stay in Austin and drive-in for the game. College Station is supposed to be real rowdy. I can’t wait.

    PS Michael Taylor was awesome against UK

  10. Daniel M. says:

    I don’t care about the ACC buyout. The cost is worth it to join the premier conference. I like A&M and VT. It expands the footprint of the conference. It definitely expands the recruiting grounds of the conference. Television markets get a boost. Everything increases with this move. It’s the best.

    That said, I personally would really like to see FSU in the SEC. It would electrify the already dominant region that goes from Baton Rouge to Gainesville with a few stops in between. The deep south rivalries will just grow. Even though FSU has been recruiting neck and neck with us recently, I still want them to join as it will ultimately just make the conference better. They’d definitely bring more cache to the party than A&M or VT. I think schools will shoot down bringing in new schools in the middle of our footprint. Too much recruiting competition.

    • Daniel M. says:

      And oh yeah..

      I have seen a hundred different theories/scenarios and NONE of them have even a whiff of UM in them. Something tells me strongly that the Hurricanes will be left shivering out in the cold when the realignment dust settles. Ha! Suck it clowns.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      how does it expand the footprint of the conference? Panama City and the surrounding market are not only not a major TV market, nor will it expand the recruiting base as the panhandle is extensively recruited by almost every current SEC school.

      As far as UM why would we want to take a team about to be hit with major sanctions? they have almost no fan base, can’t even sell out their own games. They will be lucky if Football even still exists in a few years. Their athletic dept is in the red. South Florida is a nice market, but there are plenty of UF fans down there and we recruit Miami quite well.

  11. scooterp says:

    When the expansion talk started to pick up steam a year or two ago, I always thought Ga Tech would’ve been a natural fit. I know UGA would rather Georgia become a blue state, before annointing a Tech student their equal, but were’nt they a charter member back in the day? Solid academics too.
    FSU? HELL NO!