Missouri Tigers become 14th SEC member

It’s official. After months of speculation, the Missouri Tigers 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 Missouri (and Texas A&M in September) marks the first expansion for the SEC since it added Arkansas and South Carolina and split into divisions in 1991. Though it has yet to be officially announced, the expectation is that Mizzou joins the East division.

“The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC,” said Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida. “The University of Missouri is a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions.”

“The Southeastern Conference is a highly successful, stable, premier athletic conference that offers exciting opportunities for the University of Missouri,” Missouri chancellor Brady J. Deaton said. “In joining the SEC, MU partners with universities distinguished for their academic programs and their emphasis on student success. The SEC will provide our student-athletes with top flight competition and unparalleled visibility. We came to this decision after careful consideration of the long term best interests of our university. We believe the Southeastern Conference is an outstanding home for the Mizzou Tigers, and we take great pride in our association with this distinguished league.”

“I am pleased to officially welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC family on behalf of our presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, students and fans,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “Missouri is an outstanding academic institution with a strong athletic program. We look forward to having the Tigers compete in our league starting in 2012.”

GETTING TO KNOW MISSOURI

UNIVERSITY
Established: 1839
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Enrollment: 33,805 (fall 2011)
Campus: 1,372 acres
Colors: Black and “MU gold”
Motto: Let the Welfare of the People be the Supreme Law
President: Dr. Brady J. Deaton
Notes: First public insitutation of higher education west of the Mississippi, member of the Association of American Universities, world’s most powerful university research reactor, one of six public universities in the United States with schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, engineering, agriculture and law all on one campus

ATHLETICS
Nickname: Tigers
Mascot: Truman the Tiger (named after President Harry S. Truman)
Facilities: Faurot Field (football), Mizzou Arena (basketball), Taylor Stadium (baseball)
Men’s sports: Football, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, swimming and diving, track and field, wrestling
Women’s sports: Basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball
National titles: 3
Conference titles: 71 (6 in the Big 12)
Band: Marching Mizzou
Previous affiliations: WIUFA, Independent (1890-1892, 1898-1906), Missouri Valley/Big Six/Big Seven/Big Eight, Big 12
Athletic director: Michael Alden

FOOTBALL
First season: 1890
Stadium capacity: 71,004
All-time record: 622–515–52 (.545)
Traditions: Invented homecoming, Harpo’s goal posts
National titles: 1 “claimed”
Conference titles: 15 – 1893-95, 1909, 1913, 1919, 1924-25, 1927, 1939, 1941-42, 1945, 1960, 1969
Record vs. Florida: 1-0 (W 20-18 in 1966 Sugar Bowl)
Heisman Trophy winners: 0
College Football Hall of Fame: coaches – 5, players – 7
Pro Football Hall of Fame: 2 – Kellen Winslow, Roger Wehrli

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10 Responses to “Missouri Tigers become 14th SEC member”

  1. Andrew says:

    Awesome. We just added another Ole Miss. Somebody tell me why this makes any sense… geographically, athletically, anything other than financially…?

  2. Gator John says:

    “I don’t think we’re playing Kansas anymore Toto.”

  3. SaraGator says:

    And, they’re going to be in the East…

    GatorBait!!!

  4. g8ter27 says:

    I think the SEC was trying to get that big Columbia market. Hope they enjoy frequent flyer miles!

  5. kidelrich says:

    Andrew: You forgot academically. Missouri along with Texas A & M are members of the AAU (Association of American Universities). The sixty-one member group is comprised of the leading research universities in the country and the new schools join Florida and Vanderbilt as the only SEC members.

    But also money, tv and recruiting.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      exactly right, and MU bring in the Kansas City market, a fairly large demographic. Not to mention it gets off the 13 team scheduling which would be truly ugly. Mizzou is only slated to be in the east for next season with TAMU in the west, who knows how divisions will realign after that, or if they will go after 2 more to get a 16 team super conference (although I don’t see much to gain there with the new ACC buyout going up so high, some teams there that may have been attractive are unlikely, and the BE or Big 12 don’t really have anyone at this point that would benefit us except for a Texas or Oklahoma type thing, and doesnt sound like any of them are interested any longer)

  6. Gator John says:

    We get a 20 game winner in roundball too.

  7. Jesse C says:

    With Mizzou joining the east, that means that our division will remain weak enough for us to have a chance to win it next year. YES!

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