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SEC officially announces Missouri joins in 2012

Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 11:36 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer

The worst kept secret in the south became official Sunday morning, as the Southeastern Conference officially announced that Missouri would join the league in 2012 along with Texas A&M. The announcement from the SEC is below.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (November 6, 2011) – The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced today that the University of Missouri 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 Missouri will increase SEC membership to 14 institutions.  The additions of Texas A&M, announced on September 25, 2011, and Missouri, are the first expansions 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.

“The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC,” said Dr. Bernie Machen, President 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,” said Chancellor Brady J. Deaton. “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.”

Missouri, located in Columbia, will also be the fourth institution in the Southeastern Conference to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, joining University of Florida, Texas A&M University and Vanderbilt University.  Missouri has an enrollment of 33,800 students, which would be the fourth largest institution in the SEC, with Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M having a larger student body.  There are more than 260,000 “Mizzou” alumni around the world.  The State of Missouri borders three SEC states: Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas, and they bring an existing rivalry with former conference foe Texas A&M.

Missouri athletic teams have excelled recently.  Its men’s basketball team has made it to the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons and 24 times overall.  The Tiger football team has been to post-season bowl games for six straight years and 28 times overall.  The softball team has participated in the College World Series each of the last three seasons.  The Tigers have won Big 12 Championships in men’s basketball, soccer and softball. 

“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,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  “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.”

The Tigers sponsor 20 varsity sports.  Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, wrestling, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country.  Women’s sports include basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country and volleyball.  Missouri participates in every sport sponsored by the SEC except men’s tennis and the SEC sponsors every sport the Tigers participate in except wrestling.


Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:43 am

SEC officially announces Missouri joins in 2012

I am concerned what this will mean for conference realignment. Texas A&M and Missouri being located west almost definitely means a realignment of some sort. I have heard the rumors about moving Auburn and another school to the SEC East, which I think is a huge mistake. Auburn has some great rivals in the East, but there is no way that the SEC can take the chance of potentially two Auburn/Alabama matchups in a in the regular season and potentially one in an SEC Championship game. All that would do is lessen the importance of the regular season Iron Bowl, which should not be done. And you certainly cannot move two powerhouses like Auburn and Alabama to the east to avoid the above-mentioned issue. The east would be far too powerful, with LSU walking through the west...

Is there a chance that the conference go to a "north/south" alignment based on geography? All north/south jokes aside...For instance, the south division could be Auburn, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Miss and Miss St...or something like that.

I think it is most important that the great SEC rivalries do not stop or get altered in any way with realignment...which I am sure will be necessary.

I would love to hear what y'all know about this...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:39 pm

SEC officially announces Missouri joins in 2012

Finally!   Now the SEC will get two programs which live in a constant state of dis-satisfaction and over-inflated sense of self-worth!

I'm sure all will be "Happy!  Happy!" the first few years but watch them start to grouse about bias and conspiracy plots about the end of year two (2014).

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