Reports from ESPN and today confirmed what has long been rumored and discussed: Texas A&M will become the SEC’s 13th member officially on July 1, 2012.
The SEC’s announcement that Texas A&M will begin play in the conference next year is “unconditional” according to NCAA sources.
Texas A&M’s secession from the Big 12 was delayed by threatened legal action from Baylor and other Big 12 schools, but SEC presidents and chancellors voted in favor of the move on Sept. 6.
“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.”
Texas A&M is the third Big 12 team to change conferences since June 2010 when Nebraska left for the Big Ten and Colorado left to form the Pac-12.
The addition of Texas A&M is the first for the conference since South Carolina and Arkansas in 1992. SEC schools have won eight BCS championships since the BCS began, including the last five title games.