SEC EXPANSION: Missouri joins the Southeastern Conference

H ere is the official release from the SEC:

University of Missouri to Join Southeastern Conference
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.

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  1. DAMAGE INC. November 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I heard that Mizzou will “initially” be in the SEC EAST Division … WTF?!?! That is no where NEAR the geographic component of divisions — shrug — oh well — welcome to big boy football Mizzou — ;)

  2. Indiana Vol November 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    The logical move would be to move Bammer and Auburn to the SEC East.

  3. DAMAGE INC. November 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    East — West — it doesn’t matter — although I admit that playing in the East would be “easier” than the West — we shall see…

  4. Crimsonite November 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Why would you want that Vol? It would just mean that UThug would never again make it to the SECCG. Welcome to the SEC Mizzou. Just remember this means you better not get blown out by the likes of Baylor when you have a better team. RTR!

    • Just a Fan November 7, 2011 at 1:59 am #

      Hey Vol don’t worry about Crimsonite’s prediction about Tenn. never again making it to the SECCG, he also just predicted, no guaranteed that Alabama would beat LSU 31-6! He clearly and obviously does not know very much about SEC football in this current year much less years to come. LMAO!

  5. DES November 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Damn! Another Tigger to contend with. Roll Tide Roll

    • The Flash November 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

      DES you mean lose to right? Lets see you’ve lost three in a row now to the current Tigers in the SEC, no wonder you’re concerned. Damn!

  6. DES November 8, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Flash don’t start with that ’cause it wont happen. Again. The next tigger we meet will want some help. Maybe LSU will lend EAMC/API a hand. Or maybe you can be there to help. RTR

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