Texas A&M has officially been accepted as the 13th member of the SEC.
Sunday, the SEC announced that Texas A&M will join the conference effective July 1, 2012, and will begin competition in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.
“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 in a release. “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.”
Earlier this month, the SEC presidents and chancellors voted and unanimously accepted Texas A&M's application to become the 13th member of the league, but legal action from Baylor delayed the process.
With the the Big 12 appearing to stabilize, it doesn't appear as if Baylor will need to take legal action against Texas A&M and the SEC anymore. If any school does decide to take legal action, it will be dealt with at that time.
Sources told ESPN's Joe Schad that the SEC's announcement is "unconditional."
Here is what Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida said in a release about Texas A&M officially joining the conference:
“The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family. 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.”
Added Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin:
“The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve. 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 Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country.”
Here are some fun facts about your new SEC brother. Now, play nice guys:
Texas A&M is located in College Station, Texas, which as of 2010 had an estimated population of 94,642.
Texas A&M will be the third institution in the SEC to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, joining Florida and Vanderbilt.
Texas A&M also has an enrollment of 50,000 students, which ranks as the sixth-largest university in the country, and has 360,000 former students worldwide.
Last season, Texas A&M won three NCAA team titles (men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, and women’s basketball) and finished eighth in the distinguished Learfield Sports Director’s Cup all-sport rankings with 1090.50 points. Florida was the only SEC school to finish above Texas A&M, ranking fourth with 1212.25 points.
Texas A&M sponsors 20 varsity sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country. Women’s sports include basketball, equestrian, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country and volleyball.
Texas A&M participates in every sport sponsored by the SEC except gymnastics and the SEC sponsors every sport the Aggies participate in except equestrian.