Southeastern Conference presidents have have admitted Texas A&M University for the 2012-2013 school year, according to to a press release by Bernie Machen, the Chairman of the league’s Presidents and Chancellors Sunday.
Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family.
The Aggies’ admission to the football powerhouse league had been stalled by potential legal challenges by Baylor and other members of the Big 12 facing the potential of being left out in the cold in conference realignment, but those hurdles have apparently been cleared.
A&M president also Robert Loftin stated his pleasure over the move:
We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s premier athletic conference.
With Texas A&M gone, the Big 12 is down to nine members. With the league hanging onto Oklahoma and Texas for now, focus has turned to who might replace the Aggies as the league’s tenth member. BYU has been a frequently mentioned alternative, while TCU has been the hot rumor in recent days.