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Missouri officially joins the SEC

The SEC presidents and chancellors unanimously voted and announced today that Missouri will be its newest member. Missouri is set to join the conference on July 1, 2012 and will compete in all sports during the 2012-13 academic year.

Missouri becomes the SEC's 14th school. Texas A&M joined the SEC on Sept. 25. The conference will now have two seven-team divisions.

"The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC,” Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida, said in a statement. “The University of Missouri is a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions.”

Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton also released a statement:

“The Southeastern Conference is a highly successful, stable, premier athletic conference that offers exciting opportunities for the University of Missouri,” Deaton said. “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 has been a member of the Big 12 since the conference was established in 1996. Missouri was also an original member of the Big Eight, which started in 1907. The Tigers' move to the SEC will also likely end long-running football rivalry games against Kansas and Oklahoma.

The Big 12 has already added TCU and West Virginia will also join when it is able to leave the Big East.

Tags: Missouri , SEC , Big 12

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